2010 in review: Birch Bay Water & Sewer District

Published on Wed, Jan 19, 2011 by By Emily Resch

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In 2010, the district completed the sewer forcemain project, which replaced 9,000 feet of existing 14-inch forcemain from Pump Station #3 to the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) to accommodate future district demands.

The district completed installing heat pumps that use reclaimed water in all district buildings for heating in the winter and cooling in the summer. The switch to heat pumps from existing propane furnaces will yield significant energy savings.

The district also upgraded its Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) Process Water and Chlorination System. Both upgrades greatly improved the water and energy efficiency of the systems resulting in savings of about 11,000 gallons of water per day.

 The Department of Ecology (DOE) issued new water right permits to the city of Blaine and the district. As a result, the city and district amended their wholesale water supply contract to increase the district’s share of the water supply from 2.11 million gallons per day to 3.73 million gallons per day.

The district continued active membership in the Whatcom Water Alliance, a regional water conservation group seeking to promote water conservation among local government water purveyors by coordinating public information efforts and related activities. For 2010, members agreed to support a voluntary water schedule and rain barrels as a conservation activity. Thanks to our customers’ support of conservation, the district was able to reduce peak day usage in 2010 by 190,000 gallons from the 2007 historical peak of 1.93 MGD.

Forthcoming in 2011, the district plans to complete the upgrade of the district’s WWTP headworks and construct the Lincoln Road waterline from Shintaffer to Harborview Road in anticipation of Whatcom County’s road improvement project in that area.