Kittitas Water District 5 Commissioner 2
6-year term; No Salary A Water District is responsible for the maintenance and operation of the potable drinking and other water facilities within their 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 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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Fred Marion (NP)
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Why did you decide to run for this position?
What are three major issues facing your water district?
Of the three, which one is the most urgent and why?
What unique qualities do you bring to this job?
How do you propose to lessen water usage in your jurisdiction?
Town where you live
Cle Elum, WA
Experience (300 characters max)
Past Park board member North Bend, Washington. 43 years as a Volunteer Firefighter/ EMT, District 38 King County and Kittitas County Fire District 7. 1 Full term as Kittitas County Water District 5 Commissioner.
As a Current Kittitas County District 5 Water Commissioner we have provided our customers with an Arsenic Treatment Plant to reduce the natural Arsenic in our well from 30ppb to less than 10ppb on a yearly average. 10ppb is the limit set by the Department of Health. Over the last few years we have been able to save our customers additional water costs by tailoring the media exchange to meet our needs and still provide the less than 10ppb required by the Health Department. Additional Pump controls were also added to save on energy costs operating the Well Pump. The water district is continuing to look for additional way to reduce the increases on the cost of water to the customers and hopefully be able to impliment Radio Read Meters to monitor broken pipes in the winter saving customers the anguish of high water bills and damage to their homes.
1. Cost of Bayoxide E33 media for removing Arsenic from the well water is excessive but we have to purchase it to be in compliant with the Department of Health.
2. Not being able read water meters during the winter starting in November and ending in May due to snow and high water table, due to broken pipes, and freeze plugs in the water meters we can experience high water usage until the leak is found with by our water manager or a customer. The estimated cost for Radio Read Meter is around $100,000.
3. Additional water source and water mitigation as customer lots transition from vacation use to full time residence.
2. Radio Read Meters is the most important upgrade we can do to the water system. We will be able read water meters all winter and during flood season. We will also be able to find a customers water leak in a timely manner when we notice a spike in water use when we read the pump meter each morning. In the past we have had customer's water lines break from sub zero temperature causing significance damage to their homes and a water bill that can be in the Thousands of Dollars. The excessive water leaks also reduces the time between media exchange in the treatment plant which costs about $20.000.
1. Good sound reasoning, ability to review options and get advice from other Water districts and legal sources.
2. Understand mechanical operations of the Treatment Plant and the water system
3. Discuss ways to keep the water costs down for the compliant customer and increase the cost for penalties on noncompliant customers.
4. Able to work with the customers that may have trouble paying their water bill.
5. Work with other people in a "war room" environment or physical labor project during an emergency.
1. Mitigate water leaks in the mains by replacing originally installed galvanized fitting to brass.
2. Install Radio Read Meters to read meters during flood season and winter for billing and locating customer's water leaks due to freezing temperatures and broken pipes.
3. Modifying the the cost of water consumed above the set Maximum, but we have determined that this isn't very effective since some customers prefer green grass no matter what the cost of water is to them, since there isn't any other source of water available.
4. Yearly water consumption is expected to increase due to properties being built and permanent occupancy, overall water use per customer and unaccounted water ( un billable water) has been on the decline.
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