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Summer Woodinville Water District update

  • Written by David B. Clark
The Woodinville Water District recently released their quarterly publication, The Pipeline. This issue contained the Annual Water Report, tips on how to cut down on water use during the hot summer months, and provided readers with the water testing results which were conducted in 2017.
 
In 2017, Woodinville received all of its water from the South Fork Tolt River Watershed. In other years, the Cedar River Watershed also provided the Woodinville area with drinking water. Both watersheds are very well protected. Almost all of the Seattle metropolitan area gets its water from these two watersheds.
 
Last fall, Tim Schriever was elected as the  Woodinville Water Commissioner. Schriever believes in equality in a non-partisan manner and wants to provide the best sewer and water services possible. Schriever holds licenses as a professional engineer and land surveyor. He has lived in the northwest his whole life and has been a part of the Woodinville area since 1980. Schriever is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Cascadia Green Building Council. Schriever says, “The water district must provide the most reliable water and sewage system possible to homes and businesses at the lowest reasonable cost.”
 
During the District’s June 5 meeting, Commissioner Pamela Maloney formally welcomed the new General Manager, Patrick Sorensen, to the District. Sorenson thanked the staff and board for their warm welcome. Sorensen suggested that they consider adding Study Sessions throughout the year due to their annual retreat getting pushed back to either February or January of 2019.
 
Sorensen stated in his June 19 General Manager’s Report, “I wanted to introduce the idea of adding extra time to future regularly scheduled meetings for possible study sessions… the list of retreat topics that were decided by the Board and prior GM.” Because the retreat will not occur this year, Sorensen finds it pertinent to find time to handle business that was scheduled for 2018. Some of the Required Topics Sorensen noted were King County Wastewater, a Wage and Benefit Study, and Budgeting and Rates; understanding and expectations. All of Sorensen’s Required Topics are estimated to demand an additional 12.75 hours of commissioners’ time, or about 2.5 workdays. He looks to lengthen regular meetings rather than allocate separate days to handle these topics that are slotted to take rarely over an hour of time each.
 
Sorensen has 22 years of management roles for public water and sewer utilities including: City Manager, Deputy City Manager, and Deputy General Manager, among others. Most recently, he served as General Manager for Lake Whatcom Water & Sewer District in Bellingham, Washington.
 
Prior General Manager, Ken Howe, had announced he was retiring last August. His contract ran through March 1, 2018.
 
The public is welcome and encouraged to attend Board of Commissioners meetings on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 5:00 p.m. The first meeting of July was canceled. The next meeting will be on July 17.

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