What a great summer we had! We all love the warm sunny days. But many of us don’t ever think about the fact that a sunny summer means the potential of a drought.
Here in Seattle, and specifically Hazel Heights, we were heading toward a drought. Seattle Public Utilities asked residents to conserve 10% of their water usage. And as of August 7th, we had just 19 inches in our cistern. That means at c. 100 gallons per inch, that's 1900 gallons, or about 950 of our watering cans. At 50 watering cans a day, we forecasted that we had enough water in our cistern to last just three weeks.
After our mid-August rain storm, the water level increased about 6 inches, or 700+ gallons. Giving us enough water to get us through September.