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Glenwood Water System Information

by Dec 03, 2020

Klickitat PUD is looking forward to organized discussions with the Glenwood Community to address questions and concerns that exist.  Hopefully the information below bridges the information gap between the letter sent out in November and KPUD’s direction.

Glenwood Water System Update:

Klickitat PUD is looking forward to organized discussions with the Glenwood Community to address questions and concerns that exist.  Hopefully the information below bridges the information gap between the letter sent out in November and KPUD’s direction.  The plan for the Glenwood Water System is something we need your feedback to define, so again we look forward to meeting (virtually) to have discussions. 

As stated in the letter, the Glenwood Water System was deemed a “Finite Water Source”.

What does this mean to the Glenwood Community?  It means KPUD is hitting the brakes on accepting new applications for connection due to the recent influx of requests.  It doesn’t mean we are maxed out, but we are focusing on the water systems usage efficiency.

The Getaway is not the cause of KPUD applying the brakes.  They are a small development with minimal water system connections (3 to be exact).  There is increased small development interests and many individual connection requests.  Six months ago, Glenwood had 25 connections remaining.  This is equivalent to 10% as viewed by Department of Health (DOH) and equivalent to 10 years of “normal” load growth.  However, Glenwood has not been experiencing “normal” load growth.  The surge in requests contributed to putting on the brakes. The Glenwood Water system has room for growth, but we need to prepare appropriately. 

Department of Ecology (DOE) regulates the volume of water available for system consumption with the issuance of water rights. The Glenwood Water system usage continues to increase.  As community members, you realize we have spent a lot of time fixing leaks, which contribute to the increase.  KPUD is committed to find and repair water leaks (large and small), which is one way to decrease metered and unmetered usage.  Small leaks or unauthorized usage add up and are often difficult to locate due to the valley’s water table and miles of pipe.  We are working leak-to-leak in an effort to keep system costs stable.  You can expect to see us work to improve the system and audit approved connections.  If you suspect a leak, please contact us.  KPUD’s partnership with the community is essential to success and will help avoid expensive overhauls to the system.  As we learn more with ongoing testing and repairs, our plan will evolve. 

The more efficiently the water system works, the more the existing water right will free up for future growth.  Improved efficiency alone will not meet the needs of forecasted system growth, so we are in the process of applying to Ecology for additional water rights.   We do not have a timeline for this process, but acknowledge the Tract D issues could impact this process.  As you can tell, we are working through the process. 

Thank you for your time, understanding and feedback.  For the time being, tabling new connection requests will ensure the Glenwood Water system is sustainable and meets the community needs (present and future).  Appreciate your support and look forward to discussions.