President’s Message – Back to School!



BACK TO SCHOOL!  I think that we have all been watching the natural disasters unfold down in Texas and Florida … and most of us have asked ourselves how well prepared we are to cope with some sort of disaster here on Whidbey Island.  Very, very fortunately, history shows that we have little to fear from hurricanes, tornadoes, droughts or blizzards …… BUT, the geologists have frequently reminded us that we are probably overdue for an earthquake of some severity.

It has been some time since we have devoted a WIWSA quarterly members meeting to a discussion about preparations for a crisis here that might deny some of our sources of safe drinking water.

Once again, the good folks at the State Office of Drinking Water and Island County Government have agreed to meet with us to tell us how we should prepare for an emergency involving a loss of access to even some of the ground water that over 40,000 Whidbey Island residents depend upon.  I hope that you will join us at the Race Road Fire Station at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, September 20th to listen to them and to raise the kind of questions that typically do not occur to us until it is too late.

Warm regards, Jim Patton