Five Ways to Save Water This Summer

All reports point towards it being a scorching hot summer this year which can have a drastic impact on the local water supply. To help ensure that everyone has the water they need throughout the dry season, the City is implementing a mandatory water conservation schedule based on street address, and limiting it to the hours of 5pm-10am for a period no longer than 30 minutes. Drip irrigation systems, flower and vegetable gardens, potted plants, hanging baskets and newly installed landscaping are all exempt from the restrictions.

For more details on the Water Conservation Schedule, click here.

Following this schedule will help you save money on your water bill, reduce the impact on our environment and help ensure our water system runs strong throughout the season. But that’s not the only way to save water this summer. Here are some other ideas to get you thinking:

1) Install a rain barrel. Rain barrels are great ways to capture water for use on plants and lawns and they are easy to use. For more information on rain barrels, check out www.cityofferndale.org/rainbarrels

2) Become a leak detective. Swing by city hall and pick up your free leaky toilet detection kit. A leaky toilet can add up to an expensive utility bill— a little bit of searching can save you a bundle of money.

3) Consider a new nozzle or faucet. A more efficient faucet, showerhead or garden hose nozzle can give you the same pressure with a fraction of the water use. Swing by your favorite Ferndale hardware store and for a few bucks, you can pick up just what you need.

4) Plant native plants. As tempting as those exotic flowers can be, a native plant garden uses less water and is more resistant to those sudden Pacific Northwest weather weirdness. Check out the WA Native Plant Society (www.wnps.org) for more details.

5) Gold is the new green for lawns. This summer, consider letting your lawn fade to gold. It will return come Spring and in the meantime, experience the cycle of the seasons as your lawn showcases its golden hues during the summer.

Touch-a-Truck at City Hall, May 22nd, 10am-2pm

Come celebrate National Public Works Week by exploring some of the equipment they use. Join us for Touch-a-Truck May 22nd, 10am-2pm in the Ferndale City Hall Parking lot. Climb around in a vactor truck, backhoe or street sweeper and learn more about the exciting world of public works.

For more information, contact Communications Officer Riley Sweeney at (360) 685-2353 or email at rileysweeney@cityofferndale.org

Winner of the Thornton Logo Contest Announced

Big congrats to Michael Bannerman, winner of our #ThorntonOverpass logo contest! He will wield a golden shovel at the groundbreaking this year.

Thank you to all of our participants who brought their creativity to this project, we appreciate your efforts.

For everyone who wants to follow updates on this project – make sure to follow the hashtag #ThorntonOverpass, where we will be sharing pictures, videos, news and updates as we move forward.

Notice Traffic Revisions and Possible Delays: Monday, May 13, 2019 until further notice, 7:00am to 7:00pm

Legoe Avenue, between Ferndale Terrace and Siddle Street

Ferndale Terrace, between Legoe Avenue and Hawthorne Place

Drivers should expect delays as traffic is reduced to single lane traffic on Legoe Avenue, between Ferndale Terrace and Siddle Street, and on Ferndale Terrace, between Legoe Avenue and Hawthorne Place, from Monday, May 13, 2019 until further notice, between the hours of 7:00am to 7:00pm. Flaggers will be on-site directing traffic. This work is to complete improvements associated with a private development project. Road will remain open during nonworking hours.

If you have questions regarding this notice, please contact Ferndale Public Works Department at (360) 384-4006.

Eagleridge Students Explore the Math Behind the Thornton Overpass Project

Photo Credit: Jarrod Erb, Capital Projects Inspector

Eagleridge Students Explore the Math Behind the Thornton Overpass Project

Students at Eagleridge Elementary got to roll up their sleeves and, using new math skills, plan out a key piece of the Thornton Overpass project this week.

Capital Projects Manager Katy Radder and her team of City employees (see below) taught students how to utilize math to measure distances on a map drawn to scale. Then they were given yarn representing each of the different utilities (light, water, sewer, storm and communications) that need to be installed in the Thornton Overpass, which begins construction this year.

Students worked to fit the utilities into the space for the project while working within limitations. After all, water and sewer lines cannot be placed too close together.

Public Works staff also answered questions about Ferndale’s infrastructure and what it is like working for the city.

The City is always happy to encourage residents to explore all the fun projects available to you with a little bit of math, especially if it means recruiting future Public Works employees.

Eager Participants
One potential utility layout
Public Works staff (from left to right)
Jarrod Erb, Stephanie Hendrickson, Kyla Boswell, Katy Radder, Paul Knippel

Notice Traffic Revisions and Possible Delays: Monday, May 13, 2019 until further notice, 7:00am to 6:00pm

Notice Traffic Revisions and Possible Delays: Monday, May 13, 2019 until further notice, 7:00am to 6:00pm

Legoe Lane, between Sunnybrook Lane and Siddle Street

Drivers should expect delays as traffic is reduced to single lane traffic on Legoe Lane, between Sunnybrook Lane and Siddle Street, from Monday, May 13, 2019 until further notice, between the hours of 7:00am and 6:00pm. Flaggers will be on-site directing traffic. This work is to complete improvements associated with a private development project. Road will remain open during nonworking hours.

If you have questions regarding this notice, please contact Ferndale Public Works Department at (360) 384-4006.

Notice Traffic Revisions and Possible Delays: Monday, May 13, 2019 to Friday May 24, 2019, 7:00am to 7:00pm

Notice Traffic Revisions and Possible Delays: Monday, May 13, 2019 to Friday May 24, 2019, 7:00am to 7:00pm

Portal Way, between McKinley Street and Newkirk Road

Drivers should expect delays as traffic is reduced to single lane traffic on Portal Way between McKinley Street and Newkirk Road from Monday, May 10, 2019 to Friday, May 24, 2019, from 7:00am to 7:00pm. Flaggers will be on-site directing traffic. This work is to complete improvements associated with a private development project. Road will remain open during nonworking hours.

If you have questions regarding this notice, please contact Ferndale Public Works Department at (360) 384-4006.

Notice Traffic Revisions and Possible Delays: May 6, 2019 until further notice, 7am to 7pm

Notice Traffic Revisions and Possible Delays: May 6, 2019 until further notice, 7am to 7pm

Hovander Road, between Nielson Road and Scout Place

Drivers should expect delays as traffic is reduced to single lane traffic on Hovander Road, between Nielson Road and Scout Place from May 6, 2019 until further notice, 7:00am to 7:00pm. This work is to complete improvements associated with a private development project. Road will remain open during nonworking hours.

If you have questions regarding this notice, please contact Ferndale Public Works Department at (360) 384-4006.

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