‘Very concerning position’: Mercer Island nears crisis with water shortage

There is a real possibility that Mercer Island may run out of water soon.

With temperatures soaring and water usage hitting unprecedented levels, the island faces a critical water shortage and mandatory cutbacks may come as early as Tuesday.

The community’s reservoirs are depleting rapidly, and city officials say immediate action is required to prevent a severe emergency.

“We are in a very concerning position now,” City Manager Jessi Bon said on a Zoom meeting Monday. “Because of extreme heat, our water usage has spiked and is significantly exceeding supply. Water usage is depleting our reservoir tanks.”

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