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Letter to the Editor: New well water rules “would be devastating”

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URGENT! The Hirst Fix we worked so hard to see come to fruition has taken a turn for the worse. The Department of Ecology is proposing the following:

  1. The fee for a permit exempt well will remain the same – $500
  2. Rural homes with wells installed after January 19, 2018, are limited to 500 gallons per day for indoor domestic use and outdoor watering of a lawn and/or garden
  3. Metering is going to be considered as an enforcement tool, not at present, but in the future

This is NOT what we were expecting/intending and would be devastating for rural housing and lifestyle. We need to make our voices heard immediately in opposition!

The Department of Ecology has scheduled three public meetings to discuss their proposed rules for Whatcom County. These are not formal “hearings” and the comments will not be recorded as part of an official record. In any event, this is our ONE opportunity to let our thoughts on these rules be known. Let’s pack the room so they know we are watching!

The meeting dates, times and locations are:

  • Monday, April 22 – Ferndale Library (2125 Main St.) – 1:00p.m.-3:00p.m.
  • Monday, April 22 – Lynden Library (216-4th St.) – 6:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 23 – Padilla Bay Pavillion (10441 Bayview-Edison Road, Mt. Vernon) – 9:30a.m.-11:30a.m.

PLEASE attend one of these meetings and voice your opposition to the gallons per day and the opportunity for future metering!

Allison Trimble
Coastal Realty
Owner/Managing Broker

Click here to view the meeting notice on the Department of Ecology website.

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