Water Conservation Tips for the Summer:
• Make sure that hoses and sprinkler are watering plants and your lawn, not the side of your house or paved areas. Sweep driveways, sidewalks and porches rather than hosing to not only conserve water, but to avoid runoff. Washing the pavement for 60 minutes wastes 300 gallons of water!
• Water late at night or early in the morning (10:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.), since less evaporation takes place during these hours. An inch of water per week is enough to keep lawns green. Overwatering is the #1 waste of water in the summer, and the leading cause of disease and insect problems.
The City of Camas Water Department serves approximately 22,000 consumers, which equates to approximately 8,411 utility customers (this includes residential, industrial and commercial users). Our service area contains over 162.3 miles of pipeline. We perform operation and maintenance of the city’s water system source of supply, water treatment and repair and maintenance of water meters. Useful utility customer information is located on the menu bar to the right.
Other useful water information and tips:
- Water Monitoring and Testing (Consumer Confidence Reports)
- Voluntary Odd/Even Watering Program During the Summer Months
- Water Leaks and Meter Reading Information
- Water Hydrant/Rentals
- Backflow Irrigation Information
- Illicit Discharge
- Camas Water Use Efficiency
- Boulder & Jones Creek Watershed Forest Management Plan
Water Monitoring and Testing
At the City of Camas, we understand how important it is to ensure the quality of the water we provide to you, the consumer. Our water quality data represents our major sources of supply. It compares these levels to the applicable standards and guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Washington State Department of Health, so we can assure safe and reliable drinking Water to our consumers.This is accomplished by enforcing some strict guidelines on local governments to ensure compliance.The compliance regulations require water quality monitoring, infrastructure requirements, reporting of contaminants, and operator certification.
Please review the following lead statement from the EPA:
If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. City of Camas is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components. When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking. If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have your water tested. Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791, or at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/lead.
The Water Quality Report (Consumer Confidence Report) allows you to review our water quality test results. We have also included some information on backflow irrigation, water conservation and protection, health information, and City contacts. See our Consumer Confidence Reports (water reports) below.
- Consumer Confidence Report 2016
- Consumer Confidence Report 2015
- Consumer Confidence Report: 2014
- Consumer Confidence Report: 2013
- Consumer Confidence Report: 2012
Irrigation demand is high during the summer months, so we ask for your help to reduce the amount of water wasted by implementing a voluntary odd/even lawn watering program for residential customers. Water on odd days if your house number ends in an odd number and even days if it ends in an even number. Water Conservation Tips
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Water Leaks and Meter Reading Information
LEARN HOW TO READ YOUR WATER METER. This will help you to detect a leak sooner, measure the amount of water your household uses during measurable cycles of use, and better understand your water bill. Water Leak Tips
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Portable Hydrant Meters are available for rent. Application can be made in the Finance Department of City Hall. A deposit is required (please call the Finance Department for the current deposit amount). You may fill out and print this form and bring it to the Finance Office along with the deposit to get the meter installed. If you have questions on the rental process please call the Finance Department at (360) 834.2462
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Backflow Irrigation Information
Remember: Have your irrigation system's backflow device tested annually!
Select this link for assistance in identifying types of backflow prevention. Annual testing is required on certain backflow prevention devices as required by the Washington State Department of Health. A list of State Certified Backflow Testers is available on-line. For more information you can contact the City of Camas at (360) 817-1563. Annual reminder notices are sent by the Public Works Department and test results must be returned to the City (WAC 246-290-490).
Many irrigation systems could be more efficient by sizing and adjusting the heads properly so they are watering what you want instead of the sidewalks and streets. Drip systems are best for shrub areas and conserve more water. If changes to your landscaping have been made, make sure your sprinkler system has been changed also. Systems operated by timers can take advantage of early morning watering which helps reduce peak hour usage and is better for lawns and shrubs. Check timers periodically to make sure they are set correctly, as they can become out of adjustment with power interruptions. Professional landscapers and irrigation contractors can provide ways to landscape, maintain, and install systems to conserve the most water. Backflow and Irrigation Tips
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Please report possible water pollution (illicit discharge) to the City of Camas at (360) 817-1563, or the Department of Ecology SW Regional Office at 360-407-6300.
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Camas Water Use Efficiency
In response to the Washington Legislature passing the Water Use Efficiency (WUE) Act of 1989 and an amendment to the Act in 2003, the Department of Health has developed guidelines and reporting requirements for municipal water systems to provide for water conservation. The goal for the Camas Water Department is to be below ten percent water loss. Below are goals and measures we are asking your help with. We continue to ask the citizens of Camas to conserve water by using water saving devices, fix leaking fixtures, and use odd/even watering rotation for irrigation. For more water conservation tips, visit our water-sewer page: Conservation Tips.
The City of Camas is still experiencing a drop in peak daily demand for water consumption. In part this is due to a new rate structure, new meter installs with data logging features, a tough economy, and better consumer awareness in water usage. For more information on water use efficiency, check out the following website www.doh.wa.gov/ehp/dw/programs/wue.htm.
2014 WUE Update: Camas will continue to reduce customer consumption per equivalent residential unit (ERU) by one percent per year, or approximately two gpd per year for the next three years. We will continue to reduce distribution leakage (DSL) to at, or below 10 percent for the next three years. DSL was 8.8% and the consumption per ERU was 235 gallons per day, which is a five gallon per day reduction from 2013.
The City distributes water conservation devices at some of its annual events and we have tips on saving water on our website. The Consumer Confidence Report has information and tips for detecting leaks, winterization and conservation ideas. Camas has been working with Clark Public Utilities on energy effieciency, which goes hand in hand with conservation.
The Commercial/Industrial users water usage was down about four percent from 2013. Irrigation usage was up 14 percent due to new home construction and large arterial street construction projects with a lot of landscaping.
Camas will continue to budget for replacing old galvanized steel, and cast iron piping in addition to new water services.
The City of Camas water-saving goals include the following:
1. Reduce the customer consumption per ERU by one percent or approximately two gpd per year over the next six years.
2. The City will continue to reduce distribution system loss to at or below ten percent for the next five years.
The City of Camas water-saving measures include the following:
1. Continue replacing industrial, commercial, and residential service meters with new Neptune R900i meters within three years to a new Neptune enhaced R900i radio read meters, which will allow us to data log usage with tools to notify customers about continuous leaks or high consumption.
2. Continue an aggressive leak-detection program. Inform consumers of this helpful information by reading the Family Fact sheet public awareness of leaks in the home.
3. Encourage the installation of smart controllers on irrigation systems for the school district and industrial users.
4. Educate the public on water-saving devices, and distribute water conservation kits and water-saving devices to homeowners.
5. Continue metering all sources.
6. Replacing water mains and service lines on an annual basis--problematic areas, and Capital Projects with a new Comprehensive Water Plan replacing old infrastructure. For questions, call our office at 360.817-1563.
The City of Camas Boulder Creek and Jones Creek watershed property consists of approximately 1,700 acres of mature forest land that is used by the City to collect water, viawater intake facilities, for municipal purposes. Other than minor improvements and maintenance activities necessary to operate the water intake facilities, the property has been unmanaged for the last 60+/- years. Boulder Creek & Jones Creek Watershed Forest Management Plan
In February 2011, the City contracted with AKS Engineering & Forestry (AKS) to perform a timber inventory and valuation assessment of the watershed. The purpose of this assessment was to inventory the timber resource and estimate its current value. The assessment determined that the property contains a significant amount of high value timber.
Given the valuation of the timber resource, the City directed AKS to develop a forest management plan to generate periodic income from the sale of wood products while protecting water quality.
AKS met with City staff to discuss the creation of this plan and performed extensive field reconnaissance of the watershed. An assessment of existing resources, a timber harvesting plan, an access and road plan, as well as implementation methods, guidelines, and management recommendations, comprise the main components of this plan.
City goals guided the development of this forest management plan. These goals are to:
(1) Protect and maintain water quality
(2) Generate periodic income from the sale of wood products
(3) Provide a permanent access/road network within the property for operational,
maintenance, and asset protection purposes
(4) Improve forest health