The City of Seattle will soon draw on extra water from backup sources because of the heat wave.

Share story

The City of Seattle will soon draw on extra water from backup sources because of the heat wave.

A lack of rain has depleted usual reservoirs, and people have been using 21 percent more water than expected since May 1, Seattle Public Utilities said in a news release.

“We still have adequate supply until fall rains return, thanks to careful planning,” Mayor Ed Murray said in the release. “We know city residents will continue to be thoughtful about their water use.”

The city is preparing water pumps to extract billions of gallons of water from Chester Morse Lake Reservoir in the Cedar River Watershed and is turning on a well field north of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

There are no water-use restrictions at the time.

Water-saving tips are available at the Saving Water Partnership website.