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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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    Larry D. Jones (NP) General Manager Firgrove Water Company

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Phone (425) 481-4660
Town where you live Unincorporated Snohomish County (Bothell)
Experience (300 characters max) Board of Commissioners, Alderwood Water and Wastewater District, 18 years; Board of Directors, Washington Association of Sewer and Water Districts, 6 years, 2 years as President; General Manager, Firgrove Water Company, 10 years; Assistant General Manager, Coal Creek Utility District, 10 years.
Eighteen years ago I decided to run for Alderwood commissioner because I care about the community we live in and want to give back to an industry that I have worked in for more than 30 years. I have put my experience to work helping develop policies to guide the District now and into the future. Operation of the largest Water and Sewer District in Washington State is a complex business and requires informed decision making to ensure safe reliable drinking water.
Issues facing the District currently are: Ensuring redundancy is built into Alderwood’s Picnic Point wastewater treatment plant and reducing inflow and infiltration in the collection system. This will help avoid disasters such as the West Point wastewater treatment plant failure where millions of gallons of sewage spilled into Puget Sound. Secondly, I support the review and evaluation of capital projects. This is important to ensure adequate infrastructure is in place to serve us while controlling costs and minimizing rate revenue requirements. Finally, making strong hiring selections is important so that Alderwood has experienced professional staff in place to help guide decision making.
The top priority for Alderwood has been and always will be excellent water quality and affordable sustainable rates. How that service is delivered is what makes the difference in cost and quality of service. Therefore making strong hiring decisions affects all aspects of District operations. Informed decisions made by experienced professional, are crucial to delivering safe reliable drinking water. This issue was brought to the forefront when Flint Michigan had lead leaching into the water supply.
I have worked in the water and sewer industry for more than 30 years, serving more than 18 years as your commissioner at Alderwood Water and Wastewater District. I currently am the general manager at Firgrove Water Company. I served 6 years on the Board of Directors for Washington Association of Sewer and Water Districts with 2 years as its president. Having more than 30 years of experience and firsthand knowledge of the District allows me to make informed decisions when it comes to investing in Alderwood’s future while minimizing impacts to rates.
Conservation is critical to sustaining adequate water supply. Alderwood’s current conservation program has resulted in a reduction of water usage from 230 gallons per capita per day in 2000 to 175 gallons per capita per day in 2015. The measures in place that are available to Alderwood customers are toilet rebates, indoor retrofit conservation kits, outdoor irrigation kits, toilet leak detection , clothes washer rebates, school based education and irrigation audits, and public outreach. Reclaimed water is another way to lessen water usage. For example, we will look for opportunities to partner with certain users to provide them with reclaimed water for processing and irrigation to help reduce potable water needs.
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