Welcome!

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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!

Emergency Preparedness Workshop – Online – November 2021

When
Tuesday, November 9, 2021 from 7:30 AM to 3:45 PM PST
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This program is designed to provide a basic understanding of emergency preparedness and the response of water utilities in the event of an emergency or disaster.  Assessing risks, planning, and preparedness will lead to utilities that function better in emergencies, work more efficiently to restore service to customers, and are better able to maintain water quality.  

Topics will include:

  • Water Utility Emergencies
  • Emergency Case Studies
  • Emergency Action Plan
  • Risk & Resilience
  • Incident Command System
  • Public Outreach During Emergencies
  • Business & Operational Continuity
  • Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (WARNs)
  • Tabletop & Field Exercises, and Other Training
  • Personal Preparedness
  • Facility Physical Security
  • Cyber Security

Instructors will be:

  • Sarah Lingley, HRD Engineers
  • Jeff Lundt, KCWTD
  • Draft choices to be named later:)

0.7 CEUs Approved Water & Wastewater!  in WA & ID – OR pending

Cost is $140 for AWWA, WEF, or PNCWA members and $180 for non-members.  

Registration will close on Friday November 5th.  Click on the link below to register or for more information.

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Small system and student scholarships are available.  For details please see the web page in the link shown above.  Our cancellation policy is also on the workshop web page.  If you have any questions, please contact us at the email or phone below.    Thank you for your time and attention and we look forward to seeing you at the Emergency Preparedness Workshop.    Sincerely,    Jeff Lundt Washington WARN jeff.lundt@kingcounty.gov 2064775582

PFAS Strategic Roadmap: EPA’s Commitments to Action 2021-2024

PFAS Strategic Roadmap: EPA’s Commitments to Action 2021-2024 | US EPA

On October 18, 2021, EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan announced the agency’s PFAS Strategic Roadmap—laying out a whole-of-agency approach to addressing PFAS.

The roadmap sets timelines by which EPA plans to take specific actions and commits to bolder new policies to safeguard public health, protect the environment, and hold polluters accountable. The actions described in the PFAS Roadmap each represent important and meaningful steps to safeguard communities from PFAS contamination. Cumulatively, these actions will build upon one another and lead to more enduring and protective solutions.

Read an overview of the PFAS Strategic Roadmap and learn more about key actions here, or read the complete PFAS Strategic Roadmap (pdf) .

Drinking water actions are listed here.

Imagine a day without water

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Hello Drinking Water Partners:

We all know that water is essential, reliable, and invaluable. Without water our communities would not thrive. Most of your customers don’t think about what happens behind the scenes when they turn on the tap. You do. You know that the infrastructure you’re in charge of is vulnerable to aging, vandalism, and natural disasters. 

October 21 is national Imagine A Day Without Water. We encourage you to participate through social media posts, a news release article, or any other way you can think of. 

We have free graphics and bill stuffers you can print yourself or order from us for free on our Water System Marketing Resources webpage.

Our DWSRF webpage offers information on funding and loan cycles, emergency loan information, and asset management training. You can also learn about successful projects on our DWSRF Profiles webpage.

We all know that safe water runs on sustainable infrastructure. Sustainable infrastructure depends on the public’s belief in the safety of our tap water. We can’t have one without the other.

Sincerely,

Kay Rottell

Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Construction Loan

The DWSRF Program is accepting Construction Loan applications.  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.

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.

Join us for our next MS Teams meeting on the Construction Loan program Nov 17, 10 AM to noon. The MS Teams meeting link is available on the DWSRF Webpage.

Please forward this email to anyone who may be interested.

Questions or concerns please contact:

Applications and general questionsSara J. Herrera 360-236-3089 or DWSRF@DOH.WA.GOV

Cultural & environmental reviewScott Kugel 509-329-2117

Scope of work and eligibilityCorina Hayes 360-236-3153

Scope of work and eligibilityErika Lindsey 360-236-3096Scope of work and eligibilityNick Fitzgerald 509-329-2213