Conditions as of Sept. 13, 2018
Recent rain is helping Washington’s rivers rebound after an exceptionally dry summer. Recovery will take time, but healthier streamflow levels are good news for communities that experienced water use restrictions this summer. It’s also good news for migrating fish. Shorter, cooler days mean less demand for water by cities and farms and less uptake and transpiration from plants, too.
We are closely monitoring water supply conditions and working with other state agencies to track impacts. In some areas, we’re taking steps through curtailment notices and orders to protect river flows.
According to state statute, emergency drought conditions are identified when water supply in an area is 75 percent of normal and there is an expectation of undue hardship because of deficient water supply. Declaring a drought emergency is a formal process based on that statute. We have not declared a drought emergency.
Scroll down to read a detailed roundup of water supply conditions.
See a collection of maps that show summer month average water supply conditions from 2014 to 2018.