Water wisely in summer

Summer temperatures can increase demand on our water sources and the city’s distribution system. In Beaverton, we deliver millions of gallons of safe drinking water to our community every day. We strive to provide the highest quality water with exceptional service and reliability.

Now is a great time to encourage smart watering during warmer temperatures and help reduce peak use. This year, a national chlorine shortage isheightening attention on the need to water wisely. We are asking our customers to help extend our water supplies by reducing water use at your home, especially outdoors on landscapes and other non-essential uses.

Reduce Outdoor Water Use: limit at-home vehicle washing; minimize the need to refill pools, hot tubs and other water features; and reduce landscape water use.

  • Turn off sprinkler zones that are not needed.
  • Do not water every day. Water every other day or every two days.
  • Water by hand instead of using your irrigation system.
  • Water between the hours of 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Do not water in the middle of the day. 
  • Adjust sprinklers to keep water where it is supposed to be.
  • No hardscape watering.

Reduce Indoor Water Use: avoid running water during tasks like cleaning dishes and brushing your teeth; shorten showers and the amount of daily indoor water use.

Stop leaks: Check all water-using appliances, equipment and other devices for leaks. Running toilets, steady faucet drips, home water treatment units, and outdoor sprinkler systems are common sources of leaks.

Visit www.jwcwater.org/conservation for a list of water-saving tips.

Beaverton receives most of its water from the Joint Water Commission (JWC) Water Treatment Plant, which relies on chlorine in the treatment process to kill bacteria and ensure water is safe to use and drink. Additional conservation measures may be required if shortages continue. Learn more at www.jwcwater.org.