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Sequim Interim Agreement Jan 2012


SunLand Water District Elections 2017

April 17, 2017

In November of this year, the registered voters in the SunLand Water District service area will elect one commissioner. Position #2, currently held by Pepper Putnam, will be for six years through 2023. It should be noted that, as of this writing, Commissioner Putnam does not plan to run for re-election. If you are interested in serving your community here is some information that will be of interest to you.

A candidate must reside and be registered to vote in a SunLand precinct. There are no district boundaries. The law makes no distinction between property owners and renters. Conversely, a SunLand property owner not registered to vote in a SunLand precinct is not eligible.

State statute allows compensation at a maximum of $90 per meeting.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Commissioners swear to uphold the laws of the state and nation. Specific duties pertaining to SWD functions, policies and procedures are decided and assigned by the Board President and the entire board. The Board has oversight on all District programs and policies and full fiduciary responsibility.
A SWD commissioner would be expected to attend monthly meetings usually held the morning of the second Tuesday of the month. There are also special meetings called to discuss or decide issues that won’t wait for the next regular meeting. In addition, a commissioner needs to be available to residents and district staff on a regular basis.
A commissioner would be expected to interface with staff at all levels and be involved with off-site activities relevant to SWD. These might include, but not be limited to, contact with the City of Sequim and Clallam County officials and Washington Association of Water and Sewer District functions.

Filing for Candidacy:
Filing week: May 15-19, 2017. Interested parties may file for candidacy in person, by mail, or online. Please contact Clallam County Auditor’s Office, 223 E. 4th Street, Suite 1, Port Angeles, WA 98362, 360-417-2568. Additional information and filing forms may be found online at the Clallam County Auditor’s website.



Water News

January 24, 2011

Congratulations!!You have reduced water consumption over the last year by nearly twenty million gallons. This reduction in 2010 is due to your conservation efforts along with a cool wet summer and the repair of many leaks discovered as we continue through the meter setter installation process.

As reminder, we’ll be installing meter setters in the following neighborhoods in 2011:
-Hurricane Ridge Drive, Protection Place, SunLand Drive, Leslie Lane, Sunset Place, and a portion of the units in all multi-family residential communities within SunLand

Sorry! We did have to raise the water and sewer rates. The decision to take this action at this time was not taken lightly or without an enormous amount of work by commissioners and staff. In the past the utility infrastructure at SunLand was primarily funded by growth with very little built into future reserves. With SunLand nearing build out, that growth fed economy is gone and the community is forced to take on a sustainability based economy. In efforts to prevent large increases in the future the district is looking long and hard at efficiency factors, conservation opportunities, long range planning, collaborative partnerships, and other methods of attaining rate stability. That’s not saying the rates won’t go up, they will. But with your help the commissioners and staff are committed to keeping your water and sewer systems top notch and affordable.

Please remember to keep kitchen waste grinder use to a minimum and not put medications, pharmaceuticals, and personal care products down the toilet.


Service Rate Changes for 2017

December 20, 2016

The SunLand Water District has announced the following changes in service rates for 2011:

Annual Water Service:  $390.00

Annual Sewer Collection:  $774.00


Water Rights (Draft)

December 8, 2010

There was comment and surprise at the recent SunLand Golf & Country Club meeting (12/2/10) when the subject of the club selling its water rights and receiving water from the SunLand Water District. We feel it might be a good idea to explain exactly what is being considered.

First and foremost, we are not going to supply the golf course with water from our wells. The water being considered is some of the 40,000,000 gallons a year of Class A effluent we produce every year. All of this is currently sprayed on the alfalfa field on the north side of Woodcock Road. This is excellent quality, odorless water, with very little nutrient value. It is not potable under WSDOE regulations.

We have, over the years, been encouraged by county and state officials to find more beneficial use for that effluent. This would be one answer to those suggestions.

The club has a number of issues to resolve before this could be accomplished. The two most important are finding a buyer for their current water right and completing the supply line from the waste water treatment plant to the storage pond on hole #9.

Hopefully, this will clear up any questions about demands on SWD water rights and supplies. We should point out that, currently, SunLand only uses about 55% of its available water rights annually.

Pepper Putnam, President


SunLand Water District & City of Sequim

December 8, 2010

SunLand Water District is currently in discussions with the City of Sequim to continue to use their wastewater treatment facility to further process wastewater from the SunLand community. Such an agreement could be beneficial to both communities in terms of both financial stability and long term operational capabilities. (revised 12/8/2010)

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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