Water Use Efficiency Program Goals and Measures

As a municipal water supplier, the City of Bellingham complies with state water use efficiency requirements that ensure safe, reliable drinking water supplies far into the future. Goals and measures established for the six-year planning period (2014-2019) are below.


  1. Maintain annual city-wide Average Daily Demand (ADD) below 10 million gallons per day (mgd) during the 2014-2019 program period.
  2. Maintain average Peak Day Demand (PDD) between June 1 and August 31 of each year to below 14 mgd during the 2014-2019 program period.


The City is developing and implementing the following ten measures in order to achieve its comprehensive water use efficiency goals.

  1. Continue water efficiency rebates for single-family residential water customers (2014-2017)
  2. Continue water efficiency rebates for commercial water customers (2014-2019)
  3. Extend rebates to multi-unit water customers (2015-2018)
  4. Establish Best Management Practices for irrigation water customers (2016-2019)
  5. Establish Best Management Practices for industrial water customers (2016-2019)
  6. Establish Best Management Practices for institutional water customers (2017-2019)
  7. Engage partners to provide water use efficiency resources to targeted customer classes (2014-2019)
  8. Develop a system-wide water use efficiency cost-benefit analysis (2015)
  9. Reduce Water Treatment Plant operational water use via implementation of more water efficient technology (2015)
  10. Conduct sustainable water management demonstration projects with community partners (2014-2019)


The complete 2014-2019 Water Use Efficiency Program (PDF) contains more detailed information about the above goals and measures, along with City water consumption and data.

The City's Water Use Efficiency Annual Report includes information about water production, water loss and progress made toward achieving water saving goals for the year.

City Council adopted Legacies and Strategic Commitments (PDF) promotes water conservation.

More Information

Please contact the Operations Division of the Public Works Department if you would like more information about Water Conservation.