About Us – March 15, 2017

The Sunland Water District (SWD) is a municipal corporation set up for the purpose of providing water and sewer services to the Sunland community. It was established in 1977 in accordance with Washington State statutes. The three commissioners are elected to staggered six year terms by the citizens of Sunland.

Water is provided by two wells located within the Sunland community. The “upper” well is located off Sunset and the “lower” well is on Woodcock west of the 11th green. Both wells have 100,000 gallon epoxy coated reservoirs and pump from the same aquifer. Both locations have backup generators.. Since these facilities are independent, the water needs of the community can be supplied from one location, should the need arise.

The current waste water treatment plant (STP) was built in the early 1980s.. In 2000, modifications were begun on the facility to produce Class A effluent.. SWD has been producing Class A effluent for over five years and, at the time was one of a very few treatment plants in the state to do so.

Sunland has a senior water right more than adequate for our expected needs. As this is written, there are less than 50 vacant lots in our community. We are nearing completion of metering all water services, including common areas. Metering was mandated by the state legislature in 2007. In 2015 we completed a major upgrade in our waste water treatment system. The district is financially sound with a healthy reserve. We will be in our own office, which is currently under construction on SWD property, by May of 2017.

All SWD field personnel have attained some level of state certification and, as with our office staff, strive to provide all of our customers the very highest level of customer service.

Pepper Putnam, President


SWD Board of Commissioners


Pepper Putnam – Commissioner – Position 2 – President

Pepper Putnam

Pepper Putnam

I grew up in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle and graduated from Ballard High School in 1952. The University of Washington was my next stop where I majored in history. In 1956 I married Vonnie Smith. After college I spent several years in the metals industry with both Kaiser and Reynolds Aluminum. In 1963 I became involved in the irrigation business and it was my passion for the next 45 years.

In 1968 Vonnie and I and our two girls moved to Dallas, Texas. where I was the VP Marketing for a major manufacturer. I was elected President of the Irrigation Association in 1985 and was part of a group invited to the White House for a discussion on sustainable agriculture.

In 1991 I was recruited by a group of past presidents to help the Irrigation Association overcome some management deficiencies and improve finances. We moved to SunLand in 1996 and into our present home in 1997. Click on photo to enlarge.


Albert Friess – Commissioner – Position 3 – Secretary

Albert Friess

Albert Friess

Albert Friess is serving his first term as Commissioner, having been elected in 2009. He is a ten year resident of SunLand . The Commissioner came to us after a 35 year career at Corning Inc., where he was an International Sales and marketing executive, in their Consumer Product Division. During his years in Corning , Albert served on the local School Board, elected for 2 terms as a city Alderman, and after retirement from the Glass Works, served 2 terms as Mayor of the City of Corning New York. Click on photo to enlarge.



Jim Larison – Commissioner – Position 1

Jim Larison

Jim Larison

Jim was born and raised in Roy, Utah.   Attended Weber County public schools and received A.S. and B.S. degrees at Weber State College.   He completed a Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Utah in 1969.  Immediately following  graduate school Jim joined the U.S. Air Force as a Bio-Medical Staff Officer and spent a 26-year career doing clinical, administrative and management duties in Europe, the Pacific, and six locations in the continental U.S.   From 1989-1995 Jim developed, coordinated, budgeted, managed and oversaw the USAF Child Abuse and Spouse Abuse and handicapped family member  programs for the USAF Surgeon General at 124 installations worldwide.  During that time Jim also performed on-site inspection duties for the Department of Defense Special Education and Child Sexual Abuse programs.

After retirement from the Air Force at the rank of Colonel, Jim spent two years as Executive Director of a non-profit agency that provided training and employment services to severely physically disadvantaged individuals, including persons with cerebral palsy, head injury, paraplegia or quadriplegia.  Most were wheelchair-bound.

Jim married Lynda Batchelder in 1967 and they have two adult children and four grandchildren.  Jim and Lynda moved to Sequim in 1998 and built their home in SunLand  in 1999. Click on photo to enlarge.


SWD Personnel

Mike Langley – General Manager

Mike Langley

Mike Langley

Mike was born in Port Angeles and grew up on a small farm at the mouth of Morse Creek where he currently resides with three generations of his family. Since graduating with a B.S. from the University of Washington he worked as a Park Planner/Park Ranger for the U.S. Forest Service in Alaska as well as Clallam County Parks Department.

Prior to his employment with the SunLand Water District Mike was the General Manager and Vice President for a private water and sewer utility in Jefferson County for 27 years. Besides operating the family farm he enjoys sailing and spending time in the Olympic Mountains. Always active in the community, Mike in 1988 incorporated the Peninsula Trails Coalition, the organization behind the Olympic Discovery Trail. He is currently the President of the North Olympic Salmon Coalition. Click on photo to enlarge.



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Our Office

SunLand Water District

5762 Woodcock Road,
Sequim, WA  98382

Office hours are 9-1
Monday through Friday.

Mike Langley,
General Manager

(360) 683-3905