Avoid Outside Watering on Tuesday, May 23

City of Olympia
Date of Release: May 18, 2017

Tim Richardson
Project Manager

Avoid Outside Watering on Tuesday, May 23

The City Requests Residents to Avoid Unnecessary Water Use on Tuesday, May 23

For about 15 hours on Tuesday, May 23, the City’s contractor will tie into the existing 36-inch water supply pipeline to connect to the new Corrosion Control Facility that is currently under construction. The pipeline brings water from McAllister Wellfield, which supplies 70 percent of the City’s water.

The City’s water tanks are filled to capacity and hold more than enough to provide for a normal day’s water use. In addition, auxiliary wells at Allison Springs and at Shana Park will help ensure our reservoirs throughout the City have adequate water in storage. Residents will not notice any difference in service and will have water when they turn on the faucet, flush the toilet, take a shower, etc.

However, the City is asking residents to avoid unnecessary water use for the day, including watering lawns and washing cars, to make sure there is sufficient water supply in case the shut off takes longer than expected. Normal water use can resume on Wednesday.

“This work has been planned for two months. Wouldn’t you know it, the weather forecast for Tuesday is for the warmest day of the year so far.” says Tim Richardson, Project Manager. “Luckily the ground is saturated, so it should be easy for folks to hold off on the outside watering for the day.”

The Corrosion Control Facility will use aeration (non-chemical) to raise the pH of water coming from McAllister Wellfield. Raising the pH will eliminate the potential for lead and copper in household piping to leach into the water.

Thank you for your efforts so the City can complete this important work for our primary water supply.