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.

Revised Total Coliform Rule goes into effect April 1

Announcement from Washington State Department of Health Office of Drinking Water.

To learn more, attend our Training Opportunity – Water Board “Bible” and Revised Coliform Rule April 16th 2016 at Heller Road Fire Station, 2720 SW Heller Road, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Pre-register using the Training Opportunity Pre-Registration Form

RTCR Information for Group A Water Systems

 

Washington State

Department of Health

Office of Drinking Water

 

Please do not reply to this mailbox.

 

On April 1 the Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) will go into effect.  The major changes include:

  • Systems serving 1,000 or fewer people will have to collect three (3) repeat samples (instead of 4) for every unsatisfactory routine sample result each month.
  • Systems serving 4,100 or fewer people will have to collect their normal number of routine samples (instead of 5) in a month following an unsatisfactory sample during the previous month.
  • A repeat sample can no longer be used to satisfy the Groundwater Rule’s triggered source sampling requirement. Collect an untreated (“raw”) water sample at each groundwater source in response to an unsatisfactory result and mark it “Raw – GWR” on your coliform lab slip.
  • All systems have greater flexibility in selecting repeat sampling locations. Call your regional office for more information.
  • All systems must conduct a Level 1 assessment within 30 days of any of the following events:
    • A failure to collect three repeat samples for each unsatisfactory routine sample
    • Two or more unsatisfactory coliform sample results are reported for the same month by systems that collect less than 40 routine samples in a month
    • Five percent or more unsatisfactory coliform sample results are reported for the same month by systems that collect 40 or more routine samples in a month
  • All systems must conduct a Level 2 assessment within 30 days of any of the following events:
    • Confirmation of E. coli contamination
    • Second failure in a 12-month period to collect three repeat samples for each unsatisfactory routine sample
    • Second time in a 12-month period that two or more unsatisfactory coliform sample results are reported in the same month for systems that collect less than 40 routine samples in a month
    • Second time in a 12-month period that five percent or more unsatisfactory coliform sample results are reported in the same month for systems that collect 40 or more routine samples in a month

For more RTCR information and to access the Level 1 and Level 2 assessment forms go to our RTCR web page.

 

Please do not reply to this mailbox. This mailbox is not monitored. If you have questions, call your regional Coliform Program Manager:

 

Northwest Regional Office, Kent

Coliform Program: 253-395-6775, Main Office: 253-395-6750

 

Southwest Regional Office, Tumwater

Coliform Program: 360-236-3044, Main Office: 360-236-3030

 

Eastern Regional Office, Spokane

Coliform Program: 509-329-2134, Main Office: 509-329-2100

 

 

Washington State Department of Health

PO Box 47820

Olympia, WA 98504-7820

 

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

8:00-8:30

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

12:00-1:00

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

March 2016 General Membership Meeting Agenda

WIWSA AGENDA GEN. MEMBERS MTG. 3-17-16

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

MARCH 17, 2016 — 6:00 PM TO 8:00 PM

AT CENTRAL WHIDBEY ISLAND FIRE & RESCUE

1164 RACE ROAD, COUPEVILLE, WA

AGENDA

Call to order                                                              Member and guest introductions

Quorum call                                                              Verification of membership

Approve Agenda                                                     Vote to approve Agenda

Secretary’s Report    Willy LaRue will present the Minutes for the December 16, 2015 General Membership Meeting.  Vote to approve the Minutes.

Treasurer’s Report    John Lovie will present the Treasurer’s Report.  Vote to approve the Treasurer’s Report.

“Pass the word!”:  1. WIWSA presentation to Sound Waters, plan to do annually

                                    2. Notice of April 16th  training class; availability of Water Bible

                                    3. PSE offer of presentation re: emergency generators, etc. 

Theme of this meeting:    Responsibilities of Water Boards

First Guest Speaker: “The State’s Perspective” Ms. Virpi Salo-Zieman, Office of Drinking Water NW Regional Engineer

Second Guest Speaker: “The Satellite Management Agency’s Perspective” Mr. Clive Defty, King Water Company

Third Guest Speaker: “The Small Water System Board Perspective” Jim Patton, Chairman for Water System Operations, West Beach Road Association

Floor open for general discussion

Adjourn

WIWSA President’s Message March 2016

WIWSA PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

March, 2016

I believe that everyone who attended our December Quarterly Members’ Meeting (which was also our annual meeting) agreed that the tryout of the “World Café” was a success.  For more than an hour all of our board members, our Group A and Group B membership representatives and two members of the State Department of Health Office of Drinking Water sat in “conversation circles” to voice their concerns about the condition of small ground water systems here on Whidbey Island.  We were able to capture the sense of those concerns and that information will morph into the themes for our four meetings this year.

Top among the concerns was the burden of responsibilities on the backs of the small water system boards that administer the purveyance of water to their customer neighbors.  Webster informs us that the word “purvey” means to “furnish or supply (especially food or provisions).”   In actuality, our local water system boards sell the product of fresh drinking water and therefore product liability is as much a tyrant for them as it is for the makers of cars, airplanes and Coca Cola.  If our membership is to be above reproach in purveying water Group A and Group B board members must understand the rules for clean and healthy water production and distribution and, so, we will focus on those rules as the theme for our first quarterly members’ meeting this year … scheduled for 6:00 pm on March 17th at the Race Road Fire Station.  I look forward to learning a lot at this meeting!

Warm regards, Jim Patton

Who’s in Charge of Your Drinking Water?

water

If you live in Island County, chances are that you are! The majority of water systems in Island County are community owned and are accountable to their members through a council, commission, or board.

Could Flint, Michigan happen here? What are the threats to our drinking water? Attend our local drinking water forum to voice your questions and concerns and find out how you can help safeguard your water supply. Meet your State, County, and municipal drinking water staff. Join small group discussions to identify common concerns and find out how to participate.

This session is supported by the Whidbey Institute and Thriving Communities Bioregional Conference being held the following 3 days with a focus on Water and Community. This is a public forum and open to all. March 16, 2016 at Thomas Berry Hall at the Whidbey Institute. Time  7 PM to 8:30.

Panel

Helen Price-Johnson, Island County Commissioner, District 1
Keith Higman, Director, Island County Public Health Department
Jennifer Kropack, Regional Planner, Washington State DOH Office of Drinking Water
Randi Perry, Utilities Manager, City of Langley
John Lovie, Sun-Vista/Sunlight Beach HOA

WIWSA president Jim Patton speaking at Sound Waters

WIWSA president Jim Patton will be speaking at Sound Waters on Feb 6th on Understanding Your Local Water System — Best Practices in Management and Operations.

The class will cover the legal identifications of the types of local water systems; the control of the federal government, and the state and county governments over water systems; the ownership and the responsibilities of owners of local water systems; and best practices in management and operations, including routine financing and planning for replacing capital equipment. Time permitting, the pros and cons of consolidating small water systems will also be covered.

WIWSA will also have a booth – stop by and see us!

Further details and registration information on the Sound Waters website. All who drink water in the Puget Sound area will find something to learn at this event.