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NORTH BEND - City staff members will offer water conservation advice to residents this summer as Western Washington remains in the grips of below-normal rainfall.

For a city that receives between 60 to 100 inches of rain per year, conserving water is still important, said Toni Morgan, management analyst for North Bend.

"The city of North Bend is not an island. I don't think that 100 years ago people wasted water. Now, people want easy access, and water just flows out of the tap, so there's no incentive to conserve," Morgan said.

To give residents that incentive, Morgan is working with other city staffers to develop a water conservation program, which is nearly complete. The program was developed as part of the cityOs water comprehensive plan, which is required by the state.

The components of the conservation program are public education, monitoring water use on a daily basis and developing an incentive program for those who save water.

Part of the program could eventually include water usage information on each customer's bill, which Morgan said usually prompts homeowners to conserve once they see how much they use.

In a few weeks, water conservation information will be passed out to North Bend's households by a Boy Scout troop, lead by Eagle Scout Trevor Moore, a ninth-grader working on his community service project. The information will include a booklet explaining the city's water utilities, a state Department of Health pamphlet of water-saving strategies for the home, yard and garden and a water conservation kit that includes a shower meter.

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