The Washington State Department of Health has recognized the Eastsound Water Users Association for “outstanding performance and treatment plant optimization.” EWUA is one of only five water systems in Washington to receive this performance award. The award was for continuous compliance to water quality goals that are significantly more stringent than the levels required by law. EWUA has maintained its “optimization” goals for three consecutive years (2007–2009).
In presenting the award, Denise Clifford, Director of DOH’s Office of Drinking Water said: “Achieving consistent high drinking water quality like this is a mark of a highly dedicated and skilled water system staff.”
In 2005 and 2007, EWUA won Evergreen Rural Water of Washington’s “Best Tasting Water In Washington” contests.
The EWUA Board would like to congratulate both its staff and its membership on recent gains in water conservation. Washington State’s new Municipal Water Law has established specific efficiency goals that are designed to ensure that water systems are using the public’s water resources in an efficient manner. The “Muni Law,” as it is called, sets an efficiency goal of 90%. This means a water system should have no more than 10% “unaccounted for water.”
“Unaccounted for water” is any water that has not been put to beneficial use. Every water purveyor has a certain number of leaks and inefficiencies in its distribution system. As recently as the year 2000 EWUA had up to 30% unaccounted for water. By 2009 EWUA has lowered its “unaccounted for water” to below the 10% goal.
Additionally, EWUA’s total annual water use has declined every year between 2000 and 2009. While experiencing significant growth during this period, the annual water use has declined 38% over this period. This is a result of member’s conservation efforts, a rate structure that encourages conservation, and numerous initiatives to improve system efficiencies.