News & Current Issues
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.
Service Rate Changes for 2017
December 20, 2016
The SunLand Water District has announced the following changes in service rates for 2017:
Annual Water Service: $390.00
Annual Sewer Collection: $774.00
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.
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)
Washington State Regulations
The 2003 Municipal Water Supply-Efficiency Requirements Act
(Commonly known as the Washington “Municipal Water Law”)
This law provides water utilities with certainty and flexibility in the exercise of water rights while establishing reasonable and achievable water use efficiency requirements. It applies to all municipal water suppliers with 15 or more connections.
Managing water efficiently can help water utilities decrease expenses and extend the life of water system components.
Monitoring the amount of water produced and used can help identify leaks and needed repairs. Leaks are a major problem—and a special concern because of the possibility of bacteria or other contaminants getting into water and possibly causing illness.
Key elements of the Water Use Efficiency Rule:
a. Water Use Efficiency Planning. Water suppliers must collect data, forecast demand, evaluate leakage, evaluate rate structures that encourage water use efficiency, and evaluate or implement water use efficiency measures.
b. Distribution Leakage Standard. Municipal water suppliers must meet a state distribution system leakage standard in order to minimize water loss in the distribution system.
c. Water Use Efficiency Goal-Setting and Performance Reporting. Municipal water suppliers must set water use efficiency goals through a public process and report annually on their performance to customers.
For more information, visit:
Water-Sewer Districts – Title 57, Revised Code of Washington
This Title of State of Washington Legal Code governs the formation and operation of municipal water districts – including SunLand Water District. It’s various chapters spell out the way we must operate the district’s activities.
For more information, visit:
Consumer Confidence Report
THE FOLLOWING REPORT IS A REQUIREMENT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
SUNLAND WATER DISTRICT CONSUMER CONFIDENCE REPORT
SunLand Water District, which encompasses the 440 acres of SunLand, is a public municipal corporation, governed by three commissioners, elected at regular county elections for 6 year terms. The daily operations are performed by a manager, a clerk, and five full time employees. The District also manages the sewer system. Commissioners hold monthly Board meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at 9:00 a.m.
Water is supplied from two on-site wells and is stored in two covered reservoirs adjacent to the wells. A pressure pumping system is located at each reservoir with a series of three pumps so as to provide a constant pressure in the distribution mains. The two systems are interconnected in such a way that each system independently can provide fire flow requirements to the entire community. A standby generator is an integral part of the system and in the event of a power outage is automated to supply power to the pumps. The major mains are 6” in size and are a looped system.
SunLand Water District has been mandated by the State of Washington to begin actions to comply with the Water Use Efficiency Rule. We:
- Are installing meter setters and then meters in preparation of consumption metering to better identify where our water is used and where it is lost.
- Are gathering data and recommendations as to how we can re-define our rate structure to encourage conservation.
Last year, as in years past, your tap water met all EPA and state drinking water health standards. SunLand Water District vigilantly safeguards its water supplies and once again we are proud to report that our system has never violated a maximum contaminant level or any other water quality standard. Both water sources were tested for volatile organic chemicals in 2013 with none detected. Two bacteriological tests are conducted per month; inorganic elements are tested once every three years; and other elements are tested as directed by the Washington State Department of Health, all by an accredited laboratory. The results of these tests are available at the Water District office.
Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk. As with most groundwater sources, calcium is picked up and transported with the tap water. Although this poses no health hazard, it is moderately hard at 170 parts per million and can leave a residue on glassware, dishwashers, and plumbing fixtures. Some residents have chosen to install softeners at their home or at the point of use to address the aesthetic issues that come with hard water. Lead and copper are two contaminants tested for at SunLand. Past tests have shown no detection of the elements in your water. This report will keep you informed of all new lead and copper results.
Some people may be more vulnerable to substances found in drinking water than the general population. Immuno-compromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly and infants can be particularly at risk from infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. Environmental Protection Agency/Center for Disease Control guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).
For more information contact your SunLand Water District Manager at 360-683-3905.
Download a PDF version here: Consumer Confidence Report