By Michael KranishJanuary 17, 2020 8:09amWashington, D.C. — For months, I have been looking at signs in Washington, D to see if they’re the signs that the city of Seattle wants to put up.
For me, it was about saving water.
For me, saving water is about saving time.
And it is about creating a positive impact on the people who live in this city and the people in Washington state.
And the best way to save water is to take action, and Seattle is doing just that.
The city has taken action in the past few years.
We’re taking action now.
We’re now making improvements to our infrastructure, which is the foundation of our water system, and our energy efficiency program.
We’ve got a new wastewater treatment plant and our water treatment plant, which will make it even easier for residents to conserve their water and have more efficient drinking and wastewater treatment.
And we’re creating a national model of water conservation.
We have the first national water-use standards, which include a zero-waste policy.
And in 2019, we joined with California to create the Water Blueprint, which includes policies that will create more water savings by 2020.
We also have made important commitments to conserve our water.
In 2016, we increased the amount of water the city uses to 25% from 10%, and in 2018, we pledged to increase that to 50%.
We also increased our water-efficiency program, which we’ve been piloting at the City of Seattle and in other cities, to improve our water efficiency by 50% by 2020, and to reduce the number of water-used vehicles in our city by 30%.
So, we’re very much committed to water conservation and we’re continuing to do what we can.
And I’m excited that Seattle is now a leader in this fight against climate change, because I’m confident that with the right policies and the right technology, we can save the water we all depend on for our lives.
The city is also leading the way in terms of making sure our water infrastructure is safe.
In recent years, Seattle has taken steps to make sure that our water systems are safe, like installing a new, more robust, and more environmentally sound water treatment system.
And our water supply, which has become more reliable and safe over the years, is protected from corrosion and leaks.
So we’ve invested in new infrastructure and in new, safer water treatment plants and in innovative technologies like the Seattle Aquarium.
And I am excited to see how our city will continue to lead the way on this issue.
But, as you know, there’s a lot of water in this state, and a lot more to come.
There are some other big challenges ahead.
The Washington state Legislature passed legislation last month that makes it illegal to cut water in any city or county in Washington State.
And, as we’ve seen over the last year, the federal government, under President Trump, has stepped in to help, and that has been a very significant development for water conservation efforts.
And if we are to make progress on these issues, we have to keep working together, and we have a chance to make a real difference.
So, we need to work together and make sure we do this right, because, as I said, we are the world’s water capital.
And that’s why, with our work, we’ve already seen huge savings in water usage, and I am optimistic about the future.
But there’s still a lot to do.
We can’t keep doing what we’re doing, because we have an incredible amount of work ahead of us.
And one of the biggest challenges we have is ensuring that the new regulations we have in place will work for all of our residents, our businesses, and for the state.
And so, we will be watching closely to see what they do.
But I’m encouraged that the federal leadership is continuing to step up, because it’s really important for us to keep doing the right thing.