Leavenworth upgrade may save Icicle water

March 10, 2020

An upgrade to Leavenworth's water system will reduce its demands on Icicle Creek.

A $300,000 grant from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will help the City of Leavenworth upgrade its water system, with an estimated annual savings of 22 acre-feet. That is how much less water Leavenworth will need each year from Icicle Creek, as reported in Fiber One, a Columbia Basin media service.

According to Fiber One, Leavenworth will upgrade 1,400 mainly residential water meters that currently are read manually. With this advanced metering, the city will be able to monitor water use on a real-time basis. That will allow it to spot unusual patterns and potential wastage or leaks.

The grant will cover about a third of Leavenworth's estimated cost for this project. Funding comes from the federal WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency grant program.