North Bend water conservation ordinance effective Aug. 15

Stage 1, seeking voluntary compliance, goes into effect annually each August

Get ready to conserve water.

North Bend’s annual Water Conservation Ordinance will go into effect for its third-year on Aug. 15, applying to all those within city limits or anyone served by city water.

The ordinance, which goes into effect in Stage 1 annually each August, comes from legislation passed by the city council back in June 2020. It is an effort by the city to conserve water and projected water levels in the Snoqualmie River.

In stage 1, there are limits on water irrigation, which is only allowed from 6 p.m. to 10 a.m. daily. Those restrictions due not apply to drip-irrigation or hand watering. Stage 1 also still allows water for recreational yard use. Additional restrictions are put in place in stages 2 and 3.

The city will notify residents of a shift in phases via its website and social media channels.

The ordinance is seeking voluntary compliance. Penalties and citations will only be issued after initial contact and verbal violations are ignored.