Sallal Annual Meeting

Sallal’s annual membership meeting will be held Monday, March 27 at 7 PM.  All members are welcome to attend.  Please look for ballots in your mail in early March 2017.

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Keeping the Water Flowing

Ruralite Article about Sallal published February 2016

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Information Regarding Possible Water Connection between Sallal and the City of North Bend

As many of our members may have heard, Sallal and the City of North Bend are discussing a possible agreement whereby the City will provide Sallal with wholesale water when the need arises, and Sallal will provide North Bend with water to mitigate in-stream flows in the Snoqualmie River, but only when flows are low and water is unavailable for that purpose from Seattle Public Utilities or other sources.  We have listed below several key aspects to help our members better understand the situation.  As we dive deeper into the discussions, we will post more information on our website.  Please check back regularly or direct questions to info@sallal.com.

  1. Sallal uses groundwater pursuant to State of WA issued water rights certificates to serve its entire water service area.
  2. Even though Sallal is owned by its members, it has a statutory duty to serve water within its service area.
  3. North Bend expanded the City limits into Sallal’s existing water service area in 2008. Zoning in the expansion area was made denser to urban standards.
  4. For many years, Sallal has had water mains and many customers throughout this City expanded area.  While the City extended police, land use, sewer and other public functions into the area of the expanded City limits, Sallal remains the sole designated water purveyor for the area.
  5. Cities have statutory authority to assume water districts. However, Sallal is a member owned nonprofit corporation and is not subject to the water district assumption statute.
  6. The City received a water right permit a few years ago which allows the City to sell water from its Centennial well to Sallal for use within the City’s expansion area. The permit also allows Sallal to sell water from its wells located above Wilderness Rim to the City in order for the City to mitigate flows in the Snoqualmie River during low flow periods when mitigation water is unavailable from other sources.  Questions have arisen whether the permit can be revised, which is an issue best addressed to the City.
  7. Contractual arrangements to implement water sales between the City and Sallal have not been agreed upon. As of this point in time, no water sales between the City and Sallal are occurring.
  8. Sallal has had a pending water rights application on file with the State for many years. No action is expected on this application for the foreseeable future. Based on State policies and case law, no new water rights are expected to be issued in the Snoqualmie Basin within our planning horizon.
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King County Ordinance 2016-0521

In order to raise additional revenues for its general fund, the King County Council recently passed Ordinance 2016-0521. This ordinance provides, among other things, for the establishment of rent for the use of County right-of-way by public utilities. The ordinance does not apply to areas within the City of North Bend. The County intends to use the land value of County right-of-way used by each utility to establish an annual rental amount. The County has estimated the amount of revenue it expects to generate from public utilities in 2018 as follows (from King County staff report):

King County Franchise Tax Table Customers Revenue

For Sallal, the rental fee would be a new unbudgeted cost of operation that would be passed on to our members.  Sallal is working with legal counsel and other associations and water/sewer districts to question the propriety of the proposed rental fee. The County has not yet issued bills for the rental fees so our efforts are in the exploratory stage.

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April 3 Alert – Main Break on Mt. Si Road

There is a main break on Mt. Si Road between 434th and SE 130th. It is being repaired and water is expected to be restored about 2pm this afternoon.  Please contact us if you have any questions and thank you for your patience.

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Riverpoint Area Maintenance March 13-17

Maintenance

Attention Riverpoint residents and adjacent area:

The week of March 13-17 Sallal Water Association will be performing annual maintenance processes on the water system, which includes a chlorine flush.  You may smell or taste trace amounts of chlorine in your water during that time.  This does not affect water quality or safety and there are no health concerns.  Please contact the office if you have any questions.

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Auto-Pay Option Now Available

New auto-pay option now available with EFT!  Please return the Sallal ACH Bank Draft Payments Sign-Up Form to us if you would like to take advantage of this new service.  Also the E-billing option is available.  If you would like your water bill emailed to you, please contact Mary@Sallal.com.

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