SHELLFISH HARVESTING AT FORT FLAGLER, MYSTERY BAY AND KILISUT HARBOR CLOSED DUE TO BIOTOXINS

August 29, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Michael Dawson, Water Quality Manager Jefferson County Public Health 360-385-9444 x301

SHELLFISH HARVESTING OF ALL SPECIES AT FORT FLAGLER, MYSTERY BAY AND KILISUT HARBOR CLOSED DUE TO BIOTOXINS

For more details, click on https://www.jeffersoncountypublichealth.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=199

NOTICE TO WATER SYSTEM USERS

NOTICE TO WATER SYSTEM USERS COLIFORM MAXIMUM CONTAMINATE LEVEL (MCL) EXCEEDED – NON-ACUTE MCL AND TEMPORARY WATER SYSTEM CHLORINATION

Beginning Wednesday August 22, 2018 we will be feeding a small amount of chlorine which will possibly become apparent at the customer taps. This is being doneas part of the investigation of a routine bacteriological sample testing positive for Total Coliform (negative for possible disease causing e-coli and fecal coliform)
AFFECTED AREA: The South Bay service area lying east of the Ludlow Creek and the North Bay service area east of Oak Bay Road. Additional to this are customers on Osprey Ridge downhill of Wren Ct. including the commercial development containing Snug Harbor Café, Dental Office, Sound Bank and Coldwell Banker. The area is served by Wells 14 and 16 and Reservoirs C and D
THE REASON: OLYMPIC WATER & SEWER, INC. Water System, I.D. 68700L, located in Jefferson County submitted drinking water samples to a certified laboratory in August of 2018 for total coliform analysis. The sample was collected on August 7, 2018.
The test results indicated that there was Total Coliform bacteria present in the sample but no fecal or E. Coli.
The samples were taken from a  routine sample station at 142 Crestview Drive. Because of the configuration of the water pipes, we are confident that the only properties potentially affected are in the South Bay Service area and (south and east) of Oak Bay Road with the exception of the Loomis Properties Commercial area.
PRECAUTIONS:  Since only Total Coliform has been detected, there is no immediate health risk to our customers.  If an immediate health risk had existed, you would have been notified right away. However, as a precaution the Washington State Department of Health has recommend that if you are currently taking chemotherapy, undergoing kidney dialysis, or have an immune deficiency you may want boil water. Total Coliforms are common in the environment and are generally not harmful themselves, however any indication of contamination is thoroughly investigated.
INVESTIGATION: The following investigation and follow up actions are being taken in consultation with Washington State Department of Health:
Wells 14 and 16 tested negative for total coliform confirming that the wells are not the source of the coliform. Teal Lake reservoir tested positive for total coliform as did distribution system samples. Follow up sampling confirmed there is still coliform in the water that must be eliminated.
Total Coliform Notification
August 21, 2018
Page 2
Summary of Samples and Lab Analysis: (all negative for e-coli)
  • Initial sample on Crestview Drive.: Positive for Total Coliform
  • Follow up on samples on Crestview Drive.: Positive for Total Coliform
  • Wells 14 and 16: Negative for all coliform
  • Sample at Reservoir D (Teal Lake Rd.): Positive for Total Coliform
While we continue our investigation we have decided that the most efficient way to cure the problem is through a light chlorination.   We will continue this for up to two weeks, or until all of our follow up samples show that the problem has been corrected.
While we strive to deliver the highest quality water possible to our customers, unfortunately situations such as this do occur periodically in a non-chlorinated system. Thank you for your understanding and patience. Please do not hesitate to call us with questions.
Sincerely,
Greg Rae
Manager
360-437-7898
Below is further information from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding Total Coliform.
The following is mandatory language required by the Environmental Protection Agency in these situations. .
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets water standards and has determined that the presence of total coliforms is a possible health concern. Total coliforms are common in the environment and are generally not harmful themselves. The presence of these bacteria in drinking water, however, generally is a result of a problem with water treatment or the pipes which distribute the water, and indicates that the water may be contaminated with organisms that can cause disease. Disease symptoms may include diarrhea, cramps, nausea, and possibly jaundice, and any associated headaches and fatigue. These symptoms, however, are not just associated with the disease causing organisms in drinking water, but may also be caused by a number of other factors other than your drinking water. EPA has set an enforceable drinking water standard for total coliforms to reduce the risk of these adverse health effects. Drinking water which meets this standard is usually not associated with a health risk from disease-causing bacteria and should be considered safe.

ANIMAL BITE OR BAT CONTACT WHAT TO DO AND WHO TO CALL

For all incidents involving animal bites:
In Jefferson County, outside the city: Call Jefferson County Animal Services via the Sheriff Dispatcher at 360-344-9779, ext. 0. Animal Services will investigate the circumstances of the incident and check on the animal’s rabies vaccination status. They will report to Jefferson County Public Health if there is a possible rabies exposure. Decisions on what to do with the animal and how to treat the person who was bitten will be determined once the information is collected.
For wild animals:
  1. Call Jefferson County Animal Services via the Sheriff Dispatcher at 360-344-9779, ext. 0
  2. If you have captured the animal, Do not harm the animal.
  3. Do not allow other persons to come in contact with the animal.
For bat bite or other bat contact:
  1. Capture the bat, using heavy gloves, and call Jefferson County Public Health to have the bat tested. 360- 385-9400. Instructions for safely capturing bats for rabies testing: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/5100/420-190-BatTransportInstructions.pdf
  2. If the bat was not captured, go to the emergency room to be evaluated for treatment with rabies vaccine and rabies immune globulin (RIG).
To view the COMPLETE Jefferson County Public Health information release, please click HERE

WHAT TO DO WHEN THE POWER GOES OUT

When the lights (or even worse, the TV) suddenly go out like they did for half of the homes in Port Ludlow on Tuesday morning, what is your first thought? Is it my house? Is it my neighborhood? Has the BIG ONE hit and we are so far away that we don’t know?

How can I find out what is going on?

Thanks to the PUD, there is a really simple solution, but it takes a little preplanning.

First, you will need to get the SmartHub app on your smartphone.

  • Go to Apple App Store or Android Play Store and search SmartHub.
  • Download SmartHub app, click on “By Location” and enter “Jefferson County PUD”.
  • Get your PUD email address and password
  • The app will open and you will see what information is available.
  • You are now set up to be able to get the latest PUD information.

So, when the power goes out, click on the app and then click on Twitter. Ignore “Log In” and “Sign Up”, just scroll down to get the latest posts on what is happening from the PUD. You do not need a Twitter account and you are not going to be followed. You are just clicking on it to get the PUD information.

NOW is the time to get that SmartHub on all your smartphones.

TALA POINT CLEARCUTTING INFORMATION MEETING

On July, 5, at the PLVC Board Meeting, 3pm, at Beach Club, Olympic Resource Management (ORM), formerly Pope, will discuss the clearcutting they will be doing on Tala Point. A 234 acre parcel on the hill across the bay from the Beach Club will be cut commencing the middle of August. Adrian Miller of ORM will discuss what, where and how the cut will take place. He will demonstrate the visibility of the cut from various places in Port Ludlow.
Separately, at the meeting John Fillers will discuss the Port Ludlow trails status.
All members of the Port Ludlow community are invited to attend.
Click the following link to see the entire meeting agenda: PLVC Meeting Agendas

Fireworks Prohibited on National Forests

Public Service Announcement: Pacific Northwest Region Olympic National Forest
Olympia, WA, June 29, 2018 – As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, fire officials want to remind visitors that fireworks are prohibited on all national forests.
“Fireworks of any kind are prohibited on the Olympic National Forest,” says Micah Johnson, Zoned Fire Management Officer, “we welcome visitors to our public lands, however, we ask that everyone stay safe and deal with fire responsibly.”
Fireworks are banned on national forests at all times, regardless of weather conditions. Violators can be subject to a maximum penalty of a fine of $5000 and/or up to six months in jail. Additionally, anyone who starts a wildfire can be held liable for suppression costs.
At this time, no other fire restrictions for the public are in place on the Olympic, but visitors are asked to be mindful of Washington’s increasingly dry conditions when visiting the national forest this summer.
If you plan on having a campfire, please remember:
  • Know before you go whether campfires are allowed where you are visiting and check if fire conditions have changed
  • Use a designated fire ring when available
  • Keep fires away from low-hanging vegetation
  • Keep water and a shovel nearby
  • Extinguish all campfires before leaving – remember, if it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave
Enjoy a great Fourth on your public lands, and play safely and conscientiously. Additional campfire and wildfire safety information can be found at www.smokeybear.com.

FREE ORTHOPEDIC HEALTH SEMINAR

Free Orthopedic Health Seminar: Degenerative Joint Pain, an Orthopedic Perspective

Thursday, May 10, 4:00 pm
Port Ludlow Bay Club, 120 Spinnaker Pl, Port Ludlow

Meet Jefferson Healthcare’s orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Edward Eissmann, and Mitzi Hazard, DPT, Physical Therapist, who will present on our total joint replacement program and rehab therapies. Stay afterward to speak directly with Dr. Eissmann and Mitzi Hazard.

For information, call 360.344.0400
For the must up to date details please visit the Event Calendar