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Saying the Skagit River level is low, the city is asking for residents to voluntarily reduce water use by at least 10 percentg.

As you are all aware, Washington State is experiencing the worst drought in recent history. The Skagit River is currently flowing below the established minimum instream flow requirements. The City of Anacortes is currently in the Level 2 phase of our water shortage response plan.

  • We are asking all residents to voluntarily restrict their use of water by at least 10%.
  • We are asking for a voluntary restriction on all forms of yard irrigation.
  • We are asking for a voluntary reduction in peak day consumption by all water utility customers including restaurants.

We should all be actively involved in conserving our natural resources, whether it is water or any other natural resource. Actively seeking and implementing ways to cut down and eliminate waste, and conserve should be a priority for us as individuals and as a water utility. To that end, we encourage water conservation for all our customers on a daily basis.

The following is a quote from the Department of Ecology: “Water conservation, using water efficiently and avoiding waste, is essential to ensure that we have adequate water today and into the future. Water is a finite resource and the supplies on Earth today are no more than what was here at the beginning of the planet. It is up to all of us to use the water we have wisely, and it is as simple as each of us making small changes.  Make conserving water a daily part of your life. And remember when you save water, you save energy and money!”

Comments from the public are welcome and can be addressed to Fred Buckenmeyer, City of Anacortes Public Works, PO Box 547, Anacortes WA  98221, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Mr. Buckenmeyer can be reached by phone at 360.293.1919. 

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,942 Confirmed Skagit Cases
400-409 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

318 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
44,613 Fully Vaccinated
57,198 Initial Doses Given


379,100 Confirmed Cases Statewide
22,614 Hospitalizations

5,539 Deaths Statewide
2,419,434 Fully Vaccinated
3,368,279 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, May 5, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times