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Whatcom Birch Bay Water And Sewer District Commissioner Position 2

6-year term; No Salary A Water & Sewer District is responsible for the maintenance and operation of the potable drinking and other water facilities within their jurisdiction, as well as for the maintenance and operation of the sewer facilities within their jurisdiction and of the proper disposal of sewage generated by the jurisdiction. The commission sets the general policies of the district, which are implemented by the hired professional staff. The commission sets the rates for service within the district. One of commission's main duties is the adoption of the district's budget and proposal of any Water and Sewer district levies to be placed on the ballot to the people. The commission sets policies and approves all spending via the budget, whether for operations or capital items or public facility maintenance and improvements. The council also sets salaries for sewer district employees.
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  • Don Montfort (NP)

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Why did you decide to run for this position?

What are three major issues facing your water and sewer district?

Of the three, which one is the most urgent?

What unique qualities do you bring to this job?

How do you propose to lessen water usage in you jurisdiction?

Phone (360) 410-8106
Although this candidacy is unopposed, perhaps these statements will serve an educational purpose other than voting.

In 1993, the District was under a new connection moratorium due to contentious issues with its water source. Conservation appeared to be a long-term contribution to the problem, and became a reason to serve in this office. I have served ever since.
Some current priorities: it is a continuing necessity in operating a utility to balance low customer rates with prudent maintenance and replacement of the extensive systems, including those underground; it is a goal of the District to make use of treated wastewater effluent for industrial, irrigation and aquifer recharge purposes; the District is proceeding with helpful and hopeful plans to supply groundwater to county areas now suffering from contaminated wells and depleted stream flows. No action will be taken that compromises District customers’ supply.
When operating systems with underground facilities that cost millions and last for 50 years or more, urgency is a relative thing. More relevant, timely strategic planning requires that new facilities land when and where they are needed, not before, and not after. At the same time, clean safe water carries it’s own urgency, in that a routine failure can be disastrous.
It is necessary to take your work seriously while not taking your self too seriously.
The Birch Bay Water and Sewer District has been a leader in conservation programs for decades. The per capita use of water in it’s system has decreased steadily due to the strong ratepayer response to water usage concerns.

Safe drinking water and clean receiving waters are vital functions of local government deserving of your support.

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