OWSI WATER SYSTEM SURCHARGE – UTILITIES COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION TO PLVC BOARD

The Utilities Committee recommends the following to the PLVC Board:

It is recommended that the Board take the position that clean water is essential within the Port Ludlow community and that Olympic Water and Sewer, Inc. (OWSI) should undertake appropriate steps necessary to ensure clean water is provided.  It is a further position that how such actions are paid for should be considered in a collaborative manner with OWSI, PLVC and the Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC). 

It is further recommended that the Board not take a position at this time on the water surcharge application due to a current lack of adequate information.

Approved by the PLVC Board at their regular meeting on April 4, 2019.

SAVE THE DATE – WATER SYSTEM SURCHARGE COMMUNITY INFORMATIONAL MEETING

MARCH 5th, 3 – 5 P.M.
BEACH CLUB

The PLVC Utilities Committee is hosting a Informational Meeting where OWSI will explain the application they are making to the Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) for a new water treatment surcharge. The funds from the surcharge will be used construct a filtration system to meet Washington State Department of Health (DOH) regulations. The proposed surcharge will amount to $5 per month for each customer. Representatives from the UTC, DOH, OWSI’s engineering consultant, and OWSI will be in attendance to present the details and to answer questions.

A FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) link will be created on the PLVC website, where answers to questions about the surcharge will be posted. Furthermore, if you have additional questions, please Contact Us.

We look forward to seeing you on March 5th.

Russ Michel
Utilities Committee Chair

NOTICE TO WATER SYSTEM USERS- TOTAL COLIFORM DETECTED AND TEMPORARY WATER SYSTEM CHLORINATION

NOTICE TO WATER SYSTEM USERS

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

Beginning Wednesday, October 10, 2018 we will be feeding a small amount of chlorine which will possibly become apparent at the customer taps.  This is being done as 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:  Service zone “B” is the area located east of Oak Bay Road. (See map on last page) This service zone originates at the well sites south east of Olympic Terrace 2 and supplies water to customers from the well sites North to Montgomery Court. The only Properties west of Oak Bay Road to receive water from these wells are the commercial development containing the 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 routine drinking water samples to a certified laboratory for the month of  September 2018 for total coliform analysis.  The sample was collected on September 25, 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 412 Camber Lane.  Because of the configuration of the water pipes, we are confident that the only properties potentially affected are in service zone area “B” as described above.

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:

All of the wells and Teal lake reservoir that serves the area were tested for coliforms.  The samples from the wells and Teal Lake reservoir were negative. Samples were pulled at the 412 Camber Lane sample station and at homes near the sample station in accordance with the OWSI coliform monitoring plan. The only follow up sample to have coliform present was located at 412 Camber Lane. On October 4 a sample was collected at reservoir “C” at the top of Highland Drive (past the golf course pro shop) that tested positive. A negative sample was collected on October 5 at reservoir “C. Flushing and retesting have provided results that are indicating coliform results that were very inconsistent. Due to those inconsistent results chlorination is the next step in eliminating the coliform.

OWSI has retained HDR Consulting Engineers to guide OWSI through the process of determining the source of the coliform. Once the source has been identified OWSI will take appropriate actions to eliminate the risk of future events.

Summary of Samples and Lab Analysis:  (all negative for e-coli)

  • Initial samples on Camber Lane: Positive for Total Coliform
  • Follow up on samples on Camber Lane.: Positive for Total Coliform
  • Wells 14 and 16: Negative for all coliform
  • Sample at Reservoir C (Highland Drive): Positive for Total Coliform
  • Sample at Reservoir D (Teal Lake Rd.): Negative 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
Olympic Water and Sewer Inc.
360-437-7898
Email:  owsi@portludlowassociates.com

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

 

Service Zone B is the unshaded area of the map

WATER SAMPLES SHOW NO COLIFORM

CUSTOMER NOTICE UPDATE September 5, 2018
WATER SAMPLES SHOW NO COLIFORM

Dear Water Customer:

On August 21, 2018 we informed you of our plan to do a light chlorination of certain parts of our water service area to cure a recent occurrence of total coliform bacteria.  As a reminder, the tests detected total coliform, which exists in the environment, but were negative for disease causing bacteria such as E-coli.

Following two weeks of chlorination, follow up samples show the chlorine was effective; there is no coliform present.  We have discontinued chlorination. With the seasonal high water usage we are experiencing, we estimate the remaining residual chlorine will be flushed from the water lines within a week.  Once the chlorine is eliminated we will again, sometime next week, submit samples to the lab.

We will inform you of the sample results only if they again show the presence of total coliform.  Otherwise, you may consider that the tests show that the water is back to normal.

My contact information is below if you have questions or if we can provide more information.

You may also email owsi@portludlowassociates.com and I can respond from there.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this process.

Greg Rae
Manager
Olympic Water and Sewer inc.
781 Walker Way
Port Ludlow, WA 98365
360-437-7898
grae@ows-inc.com

 

 

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.

NOTICE TO WATER SYSTEM USERS FROM OLYMPIC WATER & SEWER, INC.

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

Beginning Wednesday, January 10, 2018 we will be feeding a small amount of chlorine which will possibly become apparent at the customer taps. This is being done as part of the investigation of a routine bacteriological sample testing positive for Total Coliform (negative for possible disease causing e-coli and fecal coliform). Please see “PRECAUTIONS” below for more information.

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 Cafe, 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 routine drinking water samples to a certified laboratory for the month of December 2017 for total coliform analysis. The sample was collected on December 13, 2017.

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 routine sample stations at 142 Crestview Drive and 92 Dunsmuir Rd. 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:

All of the wells and storage reservoirs that serve the area were tested for total coliforms. The samples from the wells were negative, however the reservoirs on Teal Lake Rd. and at the top of Highland Drive (past the golf course pro shop) tested positive as well as the follow up sample from the original sampling areas on Crestview Drive and Dunsmuir Rd. Weeks of flushing and retesting have provided results that are indicating low level coliform to no coliform results that are very inconsistent. Due to those inconsistent results chlorination is the next step in eliminating the coliform.

Summary of Samples and Lab Analysis: (all negative fore-coli)

  • Initial samples on Crestview Drive and Dunsmuir Rd.: Positive for Total Coliform
  • Follow up on samples on Crestview Drive and Dunsmuir Rd.: Positive for Total Coliform
  • Wells 14 and 16: Negative for all coliform
  • Sample at Reservoir C (Highland Drive): Positive for Total Coliform
  • Sample at Reservoir D (Teal Lake ): 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,

Larry Smith
President
(360) 437-8246 direct
(360) 437-2101 main office

Greg Rae
Operations Supervisor
(360) 437-7898

Email:  owsi@portludlowassociates.com

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.