Water Conservation

Wyland National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation

  1. Welcome
  2. My Volunteer Water Project
  3. Take the Pledge
  4. Standings

Welcome to the Wyland National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation, a friendly competition between cities across the US to see who can be the most "water-wise."  

As an extension of ongoing efforts to develop a regional water conservation plan, Moscow and Pullman will be competing against each other to inspire and empower everyone to save water!  

Visit the My Volunteer Water Project tab to join Moscow's eco-challenge team and track simple water-saving actions throughout the year to give Moscow a head start for the competition in April!

Visit the Take the Pledge tab anytime in April to sign the pledge to save water and help Moscow come out on top!

Visit the Standings tab to see Moscow's up-to-date ranking in the national and regional competition!  The ranking is based on the percentage of the population that has taken the pledge.

Why Conservation?

The City of Moscow relies on underground aquifers for our potable water supply. When first settled, artesian wells would supply up to 3 million gallons per day, but began declining soon after.  In 1967, the City of Moscow, along with other area pumping entities, collaborated to address concerns over our declining groundwater levels.  Together, they developed the 1992 Groundwater Management Plan that included commitments from all entities to limit pumping and encourage water conservation practices among citizens.

Conservation Water Rates

To encourage water conservation, the City adopted a tiered rate structure for residential water services.  All customers are required to pay a base rate for their water service and are then charged a consumption rate based on the volume of water used.  Customers who use less water are rewarded with a lower rate for their consumption.  If a customer uses more water, the consumption charge increases as it moves up the tiers.  Water is metered and appears on the water bill in cubic feet (cf).  Water consumption rates are per centum cubic feet (ccf) which is equal to 100 cf.

Residential Tiered Water Rates Fiscal Year 2024

Conservation Programs

The City of Moscow offers several programs to assist customers in reaching their water conservation goals.  We offer conservation devices, rebates, and irrigation audits.  For more information please visit our Conservation Programs page