Water Use

Managing our water is one of the biggest challenges of the 21st Century.

Water Use


Clean, abundant water was once taken for granted in Washington State as a free, unlimited resource. Today, after more than a century of dramatic population growth and climate change we know our water resources are not unlimited and certainly not free. Population growth and associated development increase the demand for clean, abundant water and increase pollution problems. Ecology is committed to reducing its impact on the water supply of Washington State through policy, equipment, and usage changes.

Wheeled irrigationIncentives allowed Ecology to pursue low-flow replacements for restroom and locker-room fixtures. Work was completed this year installing low-flow faucets, toilets, urinals and showerheads. Our original toilets, installed when the building was built in 1992, use 1.6 gallons per flush. By replacing them with low-flow 1.2 gallon models, Ecology will save over 160,000 gallons of water each year.

Ecology currently records potable water use, irrigation water use, and non-potable water use at its headquarters and Southwest Regional Offices only. The source of water is the City of Lacey water system. Lacey uses 19 wells (groundwater) and seven storage reservoirs (surface water) that are monitored and controlled by automated equipment.

“We remain committed to protecting and enhancing the quantity and quality of our water resources even in challenging economic times. Ecology embraces local partnerships and citizen involvement in our efforts to ensure a water smart future in the 21st Century.“

~ Remarks by Ted Sturdevant, Director