Washington State Department of Health comments on the proposal
This recent exchange followed a meeting between the Washington Department of Health and Water Committee chair Russ Keyes. Mr. Deem is THE person who would authorize any increase in BIMC connections. The meeting was held to determine the validity of our approach. As you will read, Mr. Deem is not very accepting of the aspect of the plan that seeks to avoid the installation of water meters on individual services. He states that the DOH will be skeptical of the figures produced under such a regime. They will require a much longer monitoring period and additional documentation before they would be convinced to grant an increase in connections.
From: MossBayCo@aol.com [mailto:MossBayCo@aol.com]
Sent: Wednesday, June 09, 2004 7:14 PM
Subject: Blakley Island Water System
Good Morning Steve -
Thank you for taking so much time with us today. It was very helpful for me to get this information first hand. We are very lucky to have such good people as Jim and Margo working for us. I am sure it also makes your job easier. Their help and the engineering work from John Hart should make this process much easier.
I wanted to mainly confirm the information I came away from the meeting with. As I understand our discussion prior to us getting anymore hookups we must prove that we have control of our system and have reduced consumption to a level appropriate to the infrastructure we have or will install. It is our goal to reduce ADD to 250 gpd, install an additional 100,000 gallons of storage capacity and have John Hart complete a study showing how this equates to an increase to 190 hookups.
The thing that was of the most interest to me was your comment about how long it might take for our approval for additional hookups based on the type of monitoring method we use. We are proposing to the membership that we select a test group and monitor their use for a couple of years and use that data to justify our request. As I understand it this method while acceptable would be more suspect and require at least 3 or 4 years of data at acceptable levels. However if we install individual meters that time could be cut to one or two years.
Your comments and response to this letter will be helpful.