Upgrades and improvements for BBWSD in 2011

Published on Wed, Jan 11, 2012 by Roger Brown, BBWSD General Manager

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In 2011, the district raised and upgraded the fire hydrants along Lincoln Road and replaced 60 feet of four-inch plastic pipe with 8-inch ductile iron pipe on Shintaffer Road.

District personnel completed flushing of the entire distribution system to improve water quality. As part of the flushing program started five years ago the district installed blow-offs on cul-de-sacs and replaced old-style standby pipes with frost-resistant blow-offs.

The district received a $1.7 million dollar loan from the State’s Public Works Trust Fund (PWTF) for wastewater treatment plant upgrades to increase wastewater capacity. The district’s share of the project would be $90,000 for a $1.79 million total project cost.  The district is currently designing the project and is scheduled to begin construction next year.

The district was awarded the 2010 Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) Outstanding Performance Award by the Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE). Only 104 out of 300 WWTP’s statewide were awarded for outstanding performance by DOE for 2010. The district also received an award from the Pacific Northwest Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) for Excellence in Communication and Conservation. 

The district continued active membership in the Whatcom Water Alliance, a regional water conservation group seeking to promote water conservation among local government water purveyors by coordinating public information efforts and related activities. For 2011, members agreed to support a voluntary odd-even watering schedule to reduce summer outdoor water usage and support rain barrels as a conservation activity.