Welcome to Whidbey Island Water Systems Association, a resource for all who drink water on Whidbey Island!
Our members are Municipal, Group A, and Group B water systems, private well owners, and the operators, engineers, and others who serve those water systems.
Our quarterly member meeting are currently held via Zoom. The meeting invitation will be sent via our email list only. You must be a subscriber to the email list to receive the invitation email. Click here to subscribe!
“Folks — Randi — escorted by Sam — safely delivered my award for WIWSA service and I will treasure it …….. THANK YOU! Just not sure whether I will have to rotate it on the shelf with my award from the State DOH — or build another shelf!
I look forward to attending future quarterly WIWSA meetings as a representative of my WBRA water system as you guide all “the troops” to clean drinking water.
During these challenging times when we cannot meet in person, we are sending a monthly newsletter to keep our community up to speed with water news. We send this newsletter to our email list and post it on our website. We aim to provide an easy place to find all the month’s news and upcoming events. Please share this newsletter with your fellow water system board members, commissioners, operators, members, friends, neighbors, and anyone who drinks water on Whidbey and beyond, and encourage them to subscribe.
News from Whidbey Island Water Systems Association
We have a vacancy on the board of directors of WIWSA. Ideally we’d like to fill this position at the Annual Meeting. Please read the full announcement here.
Our Annual Member Meeting will be December 10th, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm via Zoom. Please save the date. We’ll post an agenda and send an invitation email closer to the meeting. Remember that to receive the invitation email with the meeting link you need to subscribe to this email service. We will be voting on a number of items including the 2021 budget and electing directors. Please remember that only members in good standing may vote.
The Office of Drinking Water is changing reporting requirements for the annual Water Use Efficiency (WUE) report and have scheduled a webinar on Thursday, January 7, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 (noon) to discuss the changes.
Further details of these events are on our website
WaterOperator.org Newsletter – December 1, 2020 has an interesting article on new technologies for small water systems. “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently announced a new funding opportunity for the Deployment of Innovative Water Technologies for Very Small Drinking Water Systems, Areas Served by Private Wells and Source Waters.”
The WA Ecology/Health Draft PFAS Chemical Action Plan has been issued for comment. The Chemical Action Plan (CAP) team is extending the public comment period on the Draft PFAS CAP until January 4, 2021.
The Island County Planning Commission held a public hearing on code changes around Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). The Planning Commission referred the proposed changes back to staff for further work. Most of the concerns were around drinking water impacts.
Podcasts are a great way to catch up with news while giving your eyes a rest. Here are some of the best water podcasts. You can also find the links on the resources page of our web site.
Circle of BlueWhat’s Up With Water “What’s Up With Water” condenses the need-to-know news on the world’s water into a weekly snapshot.
Water Environment FederationWords on Water A podcast featuring conversations with influential and interesting people from the water sector and news from the Water Environment Federation.
The H2duOWater in Real Life Award-winning communication professionals, Arianne Shipley and Stephanie Corso, aka The H2duO, chat with thought-leaders from both inside and outside of the water industry to serve as a resource for both personal and professional growth. Water in Real Life was created for water professionals who believe that if you desire to build the right relationships with your community, and thereby overcome many of the challenges you face, then your ability to connect with them through storytelling is essential.
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The Office of Drinking Water is changing reporting requirements for the annual Water Use Efficiency (WUE) report. The Office of Drinking Water has rescheduled the Water Use Efficiency (WUE) Webinar to Thursday, February 11, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. A registration link for this event will be created soon and an e-mail containing this link will be sent to our stakeholders when it is completed. Credits for this webinar will be available and there is no cost for this event. Additionally, a fact sheet has been created describing the changes to the reporting form. It is attached to this e-mail and you can also find it in our Publications Database at: https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/odwpubs/Publications/. Search for “Water Use Efficiency Changes” or Publication #331-669.