Stage 1 of Drought Response Plan activated

The City of Everett released a statement Monday regarding the activation of Stage 1 Drought Response Plan as a proactive measure due to higher than normal temperatures and lower than normal precipitation.

Storage at Spade Lake Reservoir is at 68 percent of normal and precipitation from May through July has been 23 percent of normal. The forecast is for continued hot, dry weather.

Everett wants to ensure that there is an adequate supply for all customers in the Everett Water Service Area, which includes Lynnwood and most of Snohomish County, and sufficient water to meet instream flow requirements for fish. The details of the response plan, maps of the service area and water conservation information can be found on the City of Everett’s Water Supply & Drought Response page. 

The City of Lynnwood’s water comes from the City of Everett’s Spada Lake Reservoir, which is located at the headwaters of the Sultan River and the Sultan Basin Watershed. From Spada Lake Reservoir, the water flows through a tunnel and pipeline to Chaplain Reservoir where it is held in preparation for treatment at the nearby City of Everett Treatment Plant.

After treatment, drinking water is pumped to Alderwood Water District facilities in South Everett. The District transports the drinking water to reservoirs just north of Lynnwood. The Lynnwood distrubution system is supplied from these reservoirs. Each year, the City of Lynnwood publishes an Annual Water Quality Report which is available online at

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