Seattle, Tacoma and Everett enact voluntary water reductions

Seattle, Tacoma and Everett have moved to the second stage of their water shortage plans by enacting voluntary water reductions.

Tuesday’s announcement was in response to unusually hot weather. Officials say May to July was the driest ever and they are preparing for a potentially drier-than-normal fall.

The voluntary restrictions were enacted because the potential for a water shortage continues to increase.

Officials are asking customers to reduce their water use by 10 percent starting Tuesday.

If conditions worsen, each city will decide if it will move to the “mandatory” phase and require customers to reduce the amount of water they normally use each day.