City wants your feedback on conserving water in Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. — The City of Spokane wants your input on its initial water conservation plan. 

According to the US Geological Survey, the aquifer’s main source of recharge is the Spokane River. 

In the summer, Spokane increases its pumping from the aquifer for outdoor irrigation. The summer also happens to be when the river is at its lowest. 

In a release, City Council President Breean Beggs pointed to a recent climate survey, which shows the majority of Spokane residents want the river to be protected throughout the year. 

In order to conserve water, the City has created its first formal draft of a water conservation plan

If adopted, the plan will stay in effect for one year, giving City Council members adequate time to implement a better plan with a drought contingency component, among other things. 

In the meantime, the City wants your feedback. Once you read the plan, feel free to send any comments to

Beggs said the City Council is also forming a Water Resource Collaboration Group, which anyone who lives, works, or goes to school in Spokane can apply for.

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