In response to the emergency situation, the City of Seattle hasoffered up to one million gallons a day to meet the needs ofIssaquah and the neighboring Sammamish Plateau. TheSeattle-to-Issaquah pipeline is still in the planning stages. Theproject is "not expected to be completed for another two years,"according to Peter Rosen, Environmental Planner for the City ofIssaquah. "We haven't even broken ground."

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Once the pipeline reaches Issaquah, several commercial andresidential areas now on SPWSD water could be switched onto theSeattle treated supply. Through the project, Issaquah will gain theequivalent of 3,700 residential units when Seattle water startsserving the 1,735 homes of East Village on Cougar Mountain and the3,250-home Issaquah Highlands.

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The temporary Seattle water would come from Seattle'sconservation supply, which can supply 3M to 5M gallons a day inemergency situations. Issaquah's use of the water could have Tacomatapping into underground water in drought years.

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