Lake Whatcom Water Sewer District

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Sudden Valley Safety Fair

May 8, 2018

The annual Sudden Valley Safety Fair is coming up on Saturday March 19 starting at 10 am.  Head down to the dance barn to say hello and learn about family, home, and pet safety.  Click below for more information!

2018 Safety Fair

Coloring Contest!

May 7, 2018

Keep your eye out in your May or June bill for a special insert just for the kiddos in your life!  Young residents can learn about water systems and get their creativity on with this coloring contest.  Lost track of your coloring page?  Download a new one below!

LWWSD May June 2018 Coloring Contest

Return your completed masterpiece to our office by June 15 to be entered to win a special prize!

Commissioner Vacancy – Seeking Applicants

March 14, 2018

Board of Commissioners Vacancy:  Position #4 Sudden Valley Area

Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District is seeking candidates to fill a position on the Board of Commissioners.  Applicants must live within the boundary that comprises Commissioner District #4 which includes Sudden Valley Divisions 7, 12, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 23, 26, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57 and the eastern portion of Division 4.  The appointed person will serve until a candidate is elected in the November 2019 election.  If the appointed person wishes to continue to serve on the Board, he or she would have to run for election in the Fall of 2019.  The person elected will serve the remainder of the unexpired term which ends in 2023.  Minimum qualifications for the position are:

  1. Must reside within the boundaries of Commissioner District Position #4 as described above and shown below.
  2. Must be a citizen of the United States.
  3. Must be a registered voter within Commissioner District #4.

To apply, please submit letter and resume to the District’s office, 1220 Lakeway Drive Bellingham, Washington 98229, or by email at general.inbox@lwwsd.org.  The deadline for submission is April 15, 2018.  If you have any questions contact General Manager Patrick Sorensen at (360)734-9224.

Click here for a printable copy of this announcement

Click here for a full map of Position 4

Click here for a more detailed view of the Gate 3 Portion of Position 4

Basic Information, Expectations & Requirements 

Lake Whatcom Water & Sewer District

Lake Whatcom Water & Sewer District was formed in 1968 primarily to provide sewer service to the many homes on septic systems around Lake Whatcom.  The District’s service area includes Geneva, Sudden Valley, and the North Shore of Lake Whatcom.

The District provides water service to approximately 3,633 residential customers and sewer service to approximately 3,883 residential customers in an 18 square mile area encompassing Lake Whatcom.  The District is operated by 18 full time staff persons, a five-member Board of Commissioners, and has an annual operations and maintenance budget of about $6 million dollars.

Board of Commissioners

The District is governed by a five member Board of Commissioners who set the policies and rates of the District. The District is divided into five commissioner districts; each represented by a resident elected from that district to serve a six year term of office.  The current Board of Commissioners is:

  • Position 1 & Board President – Laura Weide
  • Position 2 & Board Secretary – Todd Citron
  • Position 3 – Bruce Ford
  • Position 4 – Vacant as of April 1, 2018
  • Position 5 – John Carter

Summary of Board Duties and Responsibilities

Members of the Board of Commissioners are collectively responsible for establishing policy, adopting an annual budget, and providing vision and goals to the General Manager.  The following outline is a brief description of the various duties of Board Members.  The description is not intended to be comprehensive, but rather it is an effort to summarize the primary responsibilities of the Board.

Establish Policy

~ Adopt goals and objectives

~ Establish priorities

~ Approve/amend the operating and capital budgets

~ Approve contracts

~ Adopt resolutions

Supervision of General Manager

~ Hire the General Manager

~ Evaluate the performance of the General Manager

Provide Public Leadership

~ Promote representative governance

~ Mediate conflicting interests while building a consensus

~ Communicate the District’s vision and goals to ratepayers

~ Represent the District’s interest at regional, county, state, and federal levels

Decision-Making

~ Study problems

~ Review alternatives

~ Determine best course of public policy

Board Meetings & Time Commitment

Board Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. and the last Wednesday of each month at 8:00 a.m.  Meetings typically last between 1 hour and 2.25 hours.

Each month, one commissioner attends the LWWSD Staff Meeting on the second Thursday of the month at 8:00 a.m. on a rotating basis.

Other optional time commitments include bi-annual Washington Association of Sewer and Water Districts Conferences, local Policy Group meetings, and various training and industry events.

Compensation

Board members are compensated per state law (RCW 57.12.010) per each day or portion thereof spent in actual attendance at official meetings of the district board, or in performance of other official services or duties on behalf of the district.    Board compensation is either increased or decreased per State law.  As of March 2018, the current daily compensation is $114.

Click here for a printable copy of the Commissioner Information Sheet

Herrera Study Presentation

February 8, 2018

 

On February 5, 2018, General Manager Patrick Sorensen and Assistant Manager/District Engineer Bill Hunter attended the Lake Whatcom Policy Group meeting along with Rob Zisette of Herrera Environmental Consultants.  Click below to view the slideshow presented by Rob at the meeting, including highlights from the original Water Quality Monitoring Report.

2018.02.05 LWPG Presentation – Herrera Environmental

The Water Quality Monitoring Report prepared by Herrera Environmental can be viewed here.

Phones Restored

February 5, 2018

*UPDATE*  As of 11:00 a.m. Wed Feb 7 all phone service is restored.

*UPDATE* 4:17 PM Tue Feb 6 – Phone service is currently out again.  We have no current estimate for repairs.  Apologies for the inconvenience.

*UPDATE* As of 1:00 on Feb 6 our phone service has been restored.

Due to issues with Century Link’s lines, our phones are currently out of service.  Unfortunately, we have no control over the issue.  Century Link expects phones to be back on sometime tomorrow (Tue Feb 6) between 8 am and Noon.  We are monitoring our systems as closely as possible while they work on the lines.  If you need to pay your bill or ask a question, our office at 1220 Lakeway Dr is open Mon-Thu from 8 am – 5 pm.  Apologies for the inconvenience.

2017 Water Comp Plan Update

November 22, 2017

Update 1/9/2018:

The public comment period has closed, and the December 2017 final drafts of the water plan can be found here:

2017 Water System Comprehensive Plan

11/22/17:

Below is the draft version of the 2017 update to Lake Whatcom Water & Sewer District’s Water Comprehensive Plan.  A Public Hearing will be held during the 8:00 am Regular Board Meeting on November 29, 2017.  Public is welcome to attend and comment on the plan, or to submit any comment between now and December 13, 2017.  A hard copy (paper) of the plan is also available for review at the District’s Administrative Office at 1220 Lakeway Drive in Bellingham during regular business hours.

LWWSD Water Comp Plan 2017 Update – Final DRAFT

LWWSD Water Comp Plan 2017 Update – Section 10 – DRAFT

LWWSD Water Comp Plan 2017 Update – Appendices – Final DRAFT

End Boil Water Advisory

October 17, 2017

The boil-water advisory for residents who draw their drinking water directly from Lake Whatcom will end as of 1 p.m Tuesday October 17, 2017. Lake Whatcom Water & Sewer District issued the advisory on October 6, 2017 after a sewage spill into Beaver Creek which outlets to Lake Whatcom.

All surface waters can contain potentially harmful biological contaminants, including Giardia and Cryptosporidium. The District and the Whatcom County Health Department strongly recommend that anyone who draws drinking water directly from Lake Whatcom through a private system continue to boil their water at all times.

Residents who have private surface water treatment devices should re-affirm that their devices are operated and maintained according to the manufacturer’s specification.

For more information, contact Lake Whatcom Water & Sewer District General Manager Patrick Sorensen, 360-734-9224 (after 5:00 p.m. 360-296-4578) or the Whatcom County Health Department, 360-778-6000.

Boil Water Advisory

October 10, 2017

A spill has created a potential health risk to residents that withdraw their drinking water directly from Lake Whatcom without treatment.  Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District and the Whatcom County Health Department strongly recommend that residents who draw their drinking water directly from Lake Whatcom to bring their water to a rolling boil for at least 1 minute before consuming until further notice.  (The District will issue a subsequent notice when the boil water advisory is rescinded, which has typically been 5 to 7 days after a spill.)  Drinking water customers of Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District or the City of Bellingham do NOT need to boil their water.

Details:

Friday afternoon (October 6, 2017) at 346pm Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District received a call from a citizen that wastewater was entering the roadside ditch from Beaver Sewer Pump Station near 2271 Lake Louise Road, Bellingham, WA 98229. District crews responded immediately and shut down the 12” sewer force main by redirecting flow to another sewer force main, stopping the leak.  The estimated volume of wastewater spilled into the roadside ditch is 45,000 gallons.  It appears there was a sufficient volume of wastewater to saturate the ground allowing some of it to trickle into Beaver Creek.  Beaver Creek discharges to Austin Creek, and Austin Creek into Lake Whatcom.

The leak appears to be the result of an HDPE fused pipe joint coming apart at the discharge side of Beaver Sewer Pump Station.  The District is in the process of procuring parts to make a permanent repair.  Until the permanent repair is made, the District will continue redirecting flow to another sewer force main. No further leaks or spills are anticipated.

This spill has created a potential health risk to residents that withdraw their drinking water directly from Lake Whatcom without treatment.  Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District and the Whatcom County Health Department strongly recommend that residents who draw their drinking water directly from Lake Whatcom to bring their water to a rolling boil for at least 1 minute before consuming until further notice.  (The District will issue a subsequent notice when the boil water advisory is rescinded, which has typically been 5 to 7 days after a spill.)  Drinking water customers of Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District or the City of Bellingham do NOT need to boil their water.

All surface waters and shallow wells can contain pathogenic bacteria at any time.  Accordingly, the District and the Whatcom County Health Department also strongly recommend that anyone withdrawing water from Lake Whatcom through a private system treat their water at all times.  Minimum treatment should include disinfection to kill potential pathogenic bacteria.

For any additional information, please contact Patrick Sorensen, General Manager 360-734-9224 (after 5:00 p.m. 360-296-4578).

Website Updates

August 9, 2017

Please excuse our dust!  We are working on upgrades to our website, and some forms may not be currently available online.  To receive a copy of a form by email or fax, please email general.inbox@lwwsd.org.  Thank you!

District Office

January 5, 2015

Our district office is located at 1220 Lakeway Drive in Bellingham