Stop toilet leaks — and conserve water — during Fix a Leak Week

March 8, 2012

NEW — 6 p.m. March 8, 2012

National Fix A Leak Week starts Monday and to mark the occasion, Cascade Water Alliance and Issaquah municipal government mailed toilet leak detection kits to homes in Issaquah and elsewhere.

The average home can waste more than 10,000 gallons of water each year due to running toilets, dripping faucets and other household leaks. The results: wasted water and pricier water bills.

“According to the U.S. EPA, household leaks from toilets, faucets and showerheads waste 1 trillion gallons of water each year nationwide,” said Issaquah Councilman Fred Butler, a Cascade Water Alliance Board member. “This drives up utility operating costs and places unnecessary strain on water and wastewater infrastructure. Finding and fixing leaking toilets is a great way to conserve our valuable water resources.”

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Water conservation is priority at zHome, WaterSense honoree

March 6, 2012

The carbon-neutral zHome townhouses in the Issaquah Highlands receive most attention for steps to reduce energy use.

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Councilman Fred Butler joins Cascade Water Alliance board

March 6, 2012

Fred Butler

Cascade Water Alliance leaders chose longtime Issaquah Councilman Fred Butler as a board member on the regional group Feb. 22.

The organization also elected Redmond Mayor John Marchione as chairman, Covington Water District Commissioner David Knight as vice chairman and Tukwila Mayor Jim Haggerton as secretary-treasurer.

Issaquah Councilwoman Stacy Goodman serves as the city’s alternate representative to the board.

The regional Cascade Water Alliance includes the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District, Issaquah and Bellevue, plus other Eastside and South King County cities and water districts. The agency serves about 400,000 residents and 22,000 businesses.

The members own, operate and maintain individual water distribution systems. The alliance operates the Bellevue-Issaquah Pipeline, a 24-inch transmission line in operation since 2006.

Bellevue utility tax hits some Issaquah residents

February 7, 2012

Bellevue officials decided Jan. 23 to impose a utility tax on water customers in Greenwood Point and South Cove — Issaquah neighborhoods served by the Bellevue municipal water system.

Bellevue City Council members approved extending a utility occupation tax to the water utility’s revenue, including for customers beyond Bellevue. Starting March 1, customers should start to see a 10.4 percent increase on water bills. The change does not affect customers in Bellevue.

Officials intend to use the additional dollars for fire hydrants, oversized pipes and reservoir storage.

The decision followed a 2008 state Supreme Court ruling related to how cities pay for municipal fire hydrants. The ruling in Lane v. Seattle identified hydrants as a general government service and not a utility.

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Bellevue imposes utility tax on some Issaquah water customers

January 30, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 30, 2012

Bellevue officials decided Jan. 23 to impose a utility tax on water customers in Greenwood Point and South Cove — Issaquah neighborhoods served by the Bellevue municipal water system.

Bellevue City Council members approved extending a utility occupation tax to the water utility’s revenue, including for customers beyond Bellevue. Starting March 1, customers should start to see a 10.4 percent on water bills. The change does not affect customers in Bellevue.

Officials intend to use the additional dollars for fire hydrants, oversized pipes and reservoir storage.

The decision followed a 2008 state Supreme Court ruling related to how cities pay for municipal fire hydrants. The ruling in Lane v. Seattle identified hydrants as a general government service and not a utility.

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Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District service is restored

January 20, 2012

NEW — 8:35 a.m. Jan. 20, 2012

Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District officials said power has been restored and district facilities returned to normal functions.

The request for customers to conserve water is no longer in effect. Customers can use water and sewer facilities as normal.

The district encompasses North Issaquah neighborhoods, including Providence Point, and Klahanie in unincorporated King County. Overall, the district serves 16,300 water customers and 10,100 sewer customers.

Officials said some areas in the district service area remain without power. Customers without power and on a sewer grinder pump system should continue to minimize water and toilet use until the power is restored.

The winter storm interrupted operation to 11 district water facilities and 15 sewer lift stations. The district kept facilities operating through the use of backup generators, but the loss of power and communication posed challenges for the continuity of operations.

Eastside Fire & Rescue opens downtown Issaquah shelter

January 19, 2012

NEW — 7:45 p.m. Jan. 19, 2012

Eastside Fire & Rescue opened a warming shelter in downtown Issaquah on Thursday evening, as cold temperatures blasted the city.

Many residents spent the night after a rare ice storm in cold and darkness, as crews raced to restore power to the city. However, the push to restore power to Issaquah and other Western Washington communities could last several days.

EFR opened Station 71, 190 E. Sunset Way, near Issaquah City Hall as a warming shelter.

Meanwhile, Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District officials offered another emergency number for customers. The district is experiencing difficulties due to the widespread power outage. Customers should call 647-1627 to report water or sewer emergencies.

Local water agency urges conservation for Issaquah customers amid power outage

January 19, 2012

NEW — 11:40 a.m. Jan. 19, 2012

Some Issaquah residents should conserve water until further notice, as a local water agency operates on generators due to widespread power outages.

The conservation notice affects residents served by the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District. Officials asked residents to not flush toilets or put water down drains until further notice.

Customers can call the district’s 24-hour emergency line at 392-6256 if they experience pressure or water quality issues.

The district encompasses North Issaquah neighborhoods, including Providence Point, and Klahanie in unincorporated King County. Overall, the district serves 16,300 water customers and 10,100 sewer customers.

The agency’s headquarters in Sammamish is operating on generator power after snow and ice caused outages to more than 180,000 Puget Sound Energy customers across Western Washington.

Customers served by the Issaquah municipal water utility can use water normally.

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Cascade Water Alliance outlines long-term regional water supply

January 3, 2012

Cascade Water Alliance leaders outlined a plan Dec. 30 to secure water for Issaquah and the region in the decades ahead.

The nonprofit organization purchases water from Seattle Public Utilities, but the water bought from the utility is due to start declining in 2024 as the Cascade Water Alliance switches to other sources. Then, in 2030, officials plan to start drawing water as needed from Lake Tapps in Pierce County.

The information is contained in the transmission and supply plan — a document outlining the water systems in alliance member jurisdictions and plans for the future. Residents can also weigh in, as the plan is open for public comment until Jan. 31.

The regional alliance includes the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District, Issaquah and Bellevue, plus other Eastside and South King County cities and water districts. The agency serves about 400,000 residents and 22,000 businesses.

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Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District officials consider water rate hike

December 13, 2011

Less than a month after the City Council raised water rates for most Issaquah customers, the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District is considering a hike next year to offset losses related to the cool, soggy summer.

District officials blame the weather, in part, for water revenues coming in about 8 percent below budget in 2011. The cloud cover and moderate temperatures meant fewer people watered lawns — resulting in lower water consumption and less money for the district.

The district encompasses North Issaquah neighborhoods, including Providence Point, and Klahanie in unincorporated King County.

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