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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!

Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Construction Loan Cycle

Washington State
Department of Health Office of Drinking Water

November 17 we’ll hold our last webinar for the 2021 DWSRF Construction Loan Program.  Join us for our MS Teams meeting from 10 AM to noon. The meeting link is available on the DWSRF Webpage.

Submit your application using the DWSRF on-line system, WALT. The program guidelines, application worksheet, EZ-1 Form, and WALT Users Guide are available on the DWSRF Webpage.  Application deadline is November 30, 2021, at 11:59 pm.

NOTE:   Pre-registration is required to access WALT. If you’re already in the WALT system, no action is needed. For WALT Pre-registration, please email dwsrf@doh.wa.gov.

If you have questions aboutContactPhone
Application or attachmentsSara J. Herrera360-236-3089
Cultural/Environmental ReviewScott Kugel509-329-2117
Scope of Work and EligibilityCorina Hayes360-236-3153
Scope of Work and EligibilityErika Lindsey360-236-3096
Scope of Work and EligibilityNick Fitzgerald509-329-2213
Underwriter / Loan Unit ManagerMike Copeland360-236-3083
Contract ManagerEloise Rudolph360-236-3124
Contract ManagerDennis Hewitt360-236-3017
Contract ManagerBrittany Cody – Pinkney360-236-3047

Customer Service Hours

  • November 25 – 26, Closed in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
  • November 29 – 30, 8am – 5pm

Please forward this email to anyone who may be interested. Thank you.

ERWoW 28th Annual Conference – Call for Presentation Reminder

28th Annual Conference & Tradeshow
February 8-10, 2022 Yakima Convention Center

Reminder Call for Presentations Due This Week! It’s time to submit your Call for Presentation for the Evergreen Rural Water of WA’s 28th Annual Conference. We will be having an in-person conference at the newly renovated Yakima Convention Center, with the ability to stream virtually for those that are still under travel restrictions. This option will be available for speakers, as well. We would love to have you present in-person, but understand if that is not possible for you and will offer you to do a virtual presentation.   We are seeking 1 to 3 hour presentations in the following categories: Water Distribution, Water Treatment, Wastewater Treatment and Utility Management.   Please submit your presentation by Thursday November 18, 2021  
Call For Presentation
Evergreen Rural Water of WA | 360-462-9287 | www.erwow.org

2022 Drinking Water Week Nominations Now Open!

Washington State
Department of Health Office of Drinking Water

Are you proud of a water system?
Do you know an outstanding waterworks operator?
Does someone you know in the drinking water industry do an amazing job?
Honor them during Drinking Water Week!
Nominations now open through February18, 2022.

Anyone can nominate someone in the water industry for an award. Fill out the Drinking Water Week nomination form online.

Some of the categories we use are below. Sometimes, we adjust categories for special situations.

Above and Beyond. Recognition for going above the normal call of duty and/or to provide assistance to neighboring water systems.

Commitment to Excellence. For those who continuously strive for excellence in providing safe and reliable drinking water.

Grace Under Pressure/Perseverance Under Adversity. For handling a crisis well, or for persevering under consistent challenges.

Lifetime Achievement. Reserved for those who are retiring.

Most Improved. This award is typically presented to water systems that overcome a bad situation and now provide excellent service.

Operator of the Year. To recognize an operator for their dedication and commitment. They also help educate and mentor others in the water industry, lending help and knowledge where needed.

Most Innovative. Presented to water operators/systems/organization that come up with innovative solutions for challenges they face. For more information visit our Drinking Water Week webpage

ODW Updates: PFAS and Staffing

Washington State
Department of Health Office of Drinking Water

PFAS Update: We are excited to announce that after four years of hard work and coordination with utilities, communities, and other state and federal partners the Washington State Board of Health approved updates to Drinking Water Regulations for Group A Water Systems Chapter 246-290 WAC.

These updates helped clarify processes by which the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) addresses unregulated contaminants in public water systems. It also establishes PFAS state action levels (SALs) that require water systems to test for PFAS compounds and report to the state and their customers if PFAS detections exceed SAL concentrations.

These rules support public health by ensuring testing is completed at specific utilities across the state to understand risk areas to customers. It also supports utilities impacted by PFAS by using science-based rulemaking that enables:

  • Ecology to address contamination by establishing cleanup standards and legal mechanisms in place.
  • DOH to gather information for potential state maximum contaminant level (MCL) determinations in drinking water, establishing levels at which utilities must treat the water.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this process, making this rule better. Due to comments received, we made many rule improvements through clarifying language, including processes to establish MCLs and SALs. We also updated the Lab Rule (WAC 246-390) and coordinated closely with Ecology to ensure DOH rule language aligns with Ecology efforts.

We are working to fund PFAS testing for utilities. We are also working with EPA on the details for laboratories to provide test kits very soon to water systems that volunteered for sampling. We don’t expect to find additional systems with detections over the SAL, but we won’t really know until we test.

Staffing: Our hope to get back to our normal work schedules did not develop as we wanted. We continue to support our agency’s first priority: the state’s COVID-19 pandemic response.

We again ask for your patience. Many of our staff members are still engaged in COVID-19 response activities. The pandemic has changed a lot in a short time. Staff members retired or left to pursue other dreams. We are reassessing our work environment, including continuing to telework, looking at changing office space, and moving to a paperless environment. We are also dealing with mental fatigue and supporting our staff to take time off to recharge.

We continue to provide coverage of essential duties, such as responding to drinking water emergencies. Routine business is happening at a scaled back pace. Planning and design reviews, pre-plan meetings, sanitary surveys field visits and reports, technical assistance, and complaint response are all taking much longer. There are delays in sending out reminders, late notices, and invoices. Emphasis has been on acute compliance; other violation letters are delayed. Data entry and management are delayed. We continue looking for opportunities to support our operators with limited resources. We acknowledge that our overall level of service is not what it used to be. We ask for your patience and commitment supporting the mental and physical health of our drinking water community, knowing your regulatory requirements, and not waiting to communicate with our office. If you need support or tools, please reach out to our office staff. We want you to know we’re doing our best to support you and our common mission of “Safe and Reliable Drinking Water.”