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Posted on: August 21, 2023

[ARCHIVED] City of Port Angeles Declares Stage II Water Shortage

Water Shortage

Due to low flows in the Elwha River, which influences the amount of water available to the City’s water system, a Stage II Water Shortage has been declared by the City of Port Angeles. This means that immediate voluntary reductions in water consumption are encouraged. Some recommended voluntary conservation actions include: 

  • Install low-flow shower heads and faucets that are available free upon request from City Hall. 
  • Reduce frequency and volume of lawn watering and limit it to early morning or evenings. 
  • Collect a rebate for installing water-efficient toilets, rain barrels, watering timers, and soil moisture meters. 
  • Reduce car washing frequency. 
  • Operate automatic dishwashers/clothes washers only when full. 
  • Think about other ways to conserve water (see additional tips and strategies for water conservation) 

 The City’s Water Shortage Response Ordinance as set out in PAMC 13.46 has five stages, summarized below.

StageWater Shortage ConditionActionDeclaration By
IAnticipatedInternal PreparationsCity Manager
IISeriousVoluntary ConservationCity Manager
III CriticalLimited Outdoor RestrictionsCity Council
IVEmergencyMandatory Outdoor Restrictions and Indoor ConservationCity Council
VRegional Disaster or Infrastructure FailureWater RationingCity Council


For more information on water conservation, please contact the Public Works & Utilities Department at (360) 417-4715 or visit the City’s water conservation web page: https://www.cityofpa.us/807/Water-Conservation.