Water Use Efficiency Update Project

Project Summary (Project No. A2115)

In 2003, the Washington State Legislature adopted the Municipal Water Law, the goal of which was to address increasing demand on our state’s water resources. The Municipal Water Law also directed the state Department of Health (DOH) to adopt an enforceable Water Use Efficiency (WUE) program. In 2007, DOH created the Washington State WUE Program to meet the requirements of the Municipal Water Law through ensuring safe and reliable drinking by achieving a consistently high level of stewardship among all municipal water suppliers.

The Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District (District) is committed to providing safe, reliable water to our customers while working to ensure that state water resources remain reliable and adequate for future generations. Following creation of the Washington State WUE Program, the District developed a WUE Plan specific to its three Group A water system: Southshore (serving Sudden Valley and Geneva), Eagleridge, and Agate Heights. Since adoption of the initial WUE Plan, the District has adopted updates in accordance with requirements defined in Washington Administrative Code 246-290-830(7) (minimum of every six years). With the current WUE Plan revision adopted in 2015, the District embarked on an update to the Plan in 2021 to meet the review requirements and ensure that all DOH requirements remain met.

Project Benefits

Through updating the WUE Plan, the District will be able to evaluate its achievement of water conservation goals defined in the 2015 revision, and define new goals that ensure continual improvement in the effective promotion of water conservation throughout the District’s three Group A water systems.

Project Schedule

  • June 1, 2021—Project kick-off
  • November 19, 2021—Draft goals published for public review
  • December 8, 2021—Board of Commissioners adopt updated WUE Plan

Project Cost

The total project cost is estimated to be $15,000.

Project Contact

Justin Clary
General Manager

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