Planning & Funding for Water Systems

WHEN:       Thursday, March 15th

TIME:         1 – 3 PM

WHERE:     Greenbank area, details to be provided upon registration


Topic of Discussion:  Infrastructure is expensive to replace, and most people don’t want to. or can’t afford to pay their share of the upgrade that may cost between $4,000K/home – $20,000K/home, or more.

Hear about two loan programs and what you need to do to become financially eligible and take on the loan/debt.

This is a collaboration with WA State Dept. of Health, Office of Drinking Water-NWRO and US-Rural Development, Mt. Vernon Office, and hosted by Honeymoon Lake CC Water System

Contact to register: 

Jennifer Kropack
Regional Planner
Phone: (253) 395-6769

ODW Invites You to a Free Infrastructure Funding Webinar

Washington State

Department of Health

Office of Drinking Water


Are you interested in attending a no-cost webinar?


Always looking for additional resources?  Short on time and travel budget? Need Infrastructure Funding Program updates? Then join us Thursday, September 29th at 10 a.m. Learn about a variety of state and federal resources available to you! Get the latest infrastructure funding information on: Economic Development, Water Quality, Complete Streets, Brownfields, and many more programs.


You will hear from program experts:

  • Janea Eddy with the Community Economic Revitalization Board
  • David Dunn with the Department of Ecology
  • Karen Klocke with the Department of Health
  • Phyllis Cole with Community Development Block Grant
  • Allen Johnson with the Bond Cap Allocation Program
  • Chuck Miller with the Rural Community Assistance Corporation
  • Isaac Huang with the Public Works Board


Having access to multiple funders will be well worth the time invested. This coordinated effort brings a variety of infrastructure programs to the table to share program overviews and updates. Local infrastructure investments are vital to our state’s economic development and prosperity.


Register now! Click here to sign up for this no-cost webinar.


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


For more information contact Karen Klocke via email or by phone at 360-236-3116.


Collaboration and Other Tools to Help Address Issues Facing Small Water Systems

Spanaway, WA | August 24, 2016 | 9:00am – 4:00pm
Spanaway Water Company
18413 B Street East, Spanaway, WA 98387
*Parking is limited, please carpool if possible
Register | Download the Mail-In Registration Form
Cost: Complimentary. Please register to reserve your spot.
CEUs: This workshop has been submitted to the state for CEUs.
Running a small system is quite challenging. Water utilities have to meet ever increasing regulations and customer expectations, while at the same time having to address aging infrastructure, lack of personnel and financial resources, and competing priorities. Generally, small systems cost more to operate on a per customer basis than larger systems due to a lack of economy of scale, further complicating things for water managers and operators.

One strategy to help systems address some of their challenges is collaborating with other utilities. There are many different ways systems can collaborate from extremely informal information sharing sessions to sharing of personnel or purchasing to assistance with regulatory compliance. It is highly likely that one or more of these approaches may be beneficial and acceptable to your water utility.

We will discuss various approaches to collaboration and some of the benefits and challenges. In addition, we will introduce other strategies, such as energy efficiency, water loss auditing, asset management, rate setting, and funding options, that can be used to help address your water system challenges.

Trainer: Heather Himmelberger, Director, Southwest Environmental Finance Center

Contact: Susan Butler,

Who Should Attend: This workshop is designed for water systems serving 10,000 or fewer people (though systems of any size may attend), especially targeting local government systems facing financial challenges. Owners of privately owned systems, consultants and technical assistance providers serving water systems are also invited to attend.

Partners: In Partnership with the Pacific Northwest AWWA And co-sponsored by the Washington State Office of Drinking Water

About the EFCN: The Smart Management for Small Water Systems program is administered by the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN), a university-based organization creating innovative solutions to the difficult how-to-pay issues of environmental protection and improvement. The program is brought to you in collaboration with the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and affiliated sections.

Asset Management; Financial Planning and Project Management

Four locations and dates available

Attend an Asset Management class to learn how Asset Management impacts your budget.

This training will help water system staff:

  • figure out the equity of their water system
  • see the condition of their water system
  • know what connections costs should be
  • define what are the system’s critical assets
  • know what their levels of reserves should be

The classes are free. Water system operators can earn 0.7 CEUs. See dates and locations listed in the Asset Management Flyer. You must register to attend. Registration form is also in the Asset Management Flyer.

Training Opportunity – Water Board “Bible” and Revised Coliform Rule

Training Opportunity

April 16th 2016

Heller Road Fire Station, 2720 SW Heller Road, Oak Harbor, WA 98277


Welcome and Introductions

8:30-12:00 Morning Session

The Water Board Bible
The Handbook of Modern Water Utility Management
Presented by Robert Kreb, Evergreen Rural Water of Washington


Free Lunch

1:00-3:30 Afternoon Session

Total Coliform Rule
Basics of Water Quality
Presented by Carol Stuckey and Virpi Salo-Zieman,
Washington Dept. of Health Office of Drinking Water

Pre-register using the Training Opportunity Pre-Registration Form

Free DOH Drinking Water Asset Management Workshop

Free DOH Drinking Water Asset Management Workshop

Saturday November 7th, 8:30 am-4pm, Heller Road Fire Station, Oak Harbor

Attend an asset management workshop to learn about the asset inventory and setting rates. Bring your laptop and we will help you begin your asset inventory exercise. Don’t have a lap top? We will have a few available for use in class and we will send you home with a thumb drive with all the attachments you should need.

DOH and RCAC program staff can provide one-on-one assistance with your asset inventory form and answer your questions.

The workshop is FREE and we are working on getting operator CEUs for it!

Registration required – click <here for registration form