Hearing to focus on water and sewer plans

By Jami Makan

The Birch Bay Water and Sewer District (BBWSD) is holding a public hearing on its new water and sewer comprehensive plans.

The public hearing will take place on Thursday, July 11 at 4:30 p.m. at BBWSD’s offices, which are located at 7096 Point Whitehorn Road in Birch Bay.

The new comprehensive plans have been developed to help BBWSD secure Birch Bay’s water supply for the coming decades and to ensure that wastewater continues to be handled correctly.

According to BBWSD general manager Dan Eisses, the new water and sewer comprehensive plans will help BBWSD deal with significant population growth in the years ahead.

In 2013, BBWSD’s service area had a population of 8,810 while in 2038 the population is projected to grow to 14,663. That is an increase of 66 percent over 25 years.

“We are taking a look at what we need to do in order to keep the system functioning properly,” said Eisses.

To ensure that there is an adequate water supply, the comprehensive plans discuss water sources and water rights, as well as well rehabilitation and the construction of new wells and other water infrastructure. The plans also discuss water transmission within the district through new piping, as well as water storage through new storage tanks. On the sewer side, the comprehensive plans discuss water treatment and new projects that are needed to accommodate the projected population growth.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the public hearing, in order to learn more about BBWSD and its plans for the future.

“Some citizens may be interested in projects taking place near their homes,” said BBWSD finance director Sandi McMillan. “Others may want to see what the district is doing to secure water supply for the next 20-plus years and making sure wastewater is handled correctly in such a pristine environment like Birch Bay.”

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