Three important changes addressed at Shoreline Water District’s Public Meeting

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Shoreline Water District held a public meeting Tuesday night, where approximately a dozen ratepayers and other area residents met to discuss the following three changes.

1) Upgrading the North City reservoir and pump station

Our 3.7 million gallon storage tank is getting a new Pump Station to improve efficiency and reduce maintenance costs, some internal and external improvements, and a fresh coat of paint. The new pump station will be able to utilize nearly all of the volume in the reservoir while maximizing water pressure with highly energy efficient pumps. The project includes improvements to the system pressures at the intersection of 15th Ave NE and 24th Ave NE.  The project is expected to go out for bid in May and be completed in early 2014.  Funding is coming from 2011 bonds obtained at 3.04% interest along with a low 1.24% interest rate loan. 

2) Renaming the Water District

Shoreline Water District has never been affiliated with the City of Shoreline, but we keep getting their calls. To eliminate the confusion, we’d like to request your input and ideas for a new water district name. (We sent out ballots in the January / February bills.) The commissioners will review the names submitted later this spring in order to make a decision about a name change. 

3) A more amenable approach to inflationary-based rate increases.  

Our Board of Commissioners has voted to begin implementing smaller, inflationary level rate increases each year, rather than large intermittent increases which are more difficult for ratepayers.


Tom Jamieson,  February 13, 2013 at 11:43 AM  

There is no need to rename Shoreline Water District. The District has served its electorate and ratepayers very well for many years. Neither the Shoreline School District,Shoreline Fire Department, or Shoreline Library are considering name changes. They are not affiliated with the City of Shoreline either.

What is needed is public education on just what Special Purpose Districts (such as Shoreline Water District and Ronald Wastewater District) are. They are as valuable a form of local government as a municipality, and play a vital role in the community, by maintaining a special operational and fiscal focus on essential services.

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