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Routine Water System Maintenance is planned for 11/23/21,
beginning no earlier than 3:00 PM, and lasting about 45 minutes.

There is NO expected impact to water pressure or service but
it is always wise to have some extra potable water set aside for emergencies.
If you have ANY questions please contact the Big Bend Messaging Line:
360-793-7852 or email at bigbendtalk@gmail.com.
There are No Burn Bans in Effect.

NO monetary transactions conducted at Board of Director's Homes.
All Payments MUST be mailed to the Monroe PO Box on your statement.
=Never Mail Cash!= 
Allow for NEWLY INCREASED USPS travel time/DELAYS.
You are responsible for any late payments.
~ Soda Ash/Water ~
Update to water system news
June 23 2021
The last update was in May and we are about to enter the month of July.
Time flies.
The system is still operating on the #2 well (smaller and less deep) with the main well shut off due to complaints about taste and feel.
We acknowledge the water was ‘different” then it was before and we heard a number of households found it unacceptable. 
It is interesting to note a number of homes noticed nothing and most were just not as happy with the water but continued to use the water normally.
The water from well #1, while we were using it in February and March, met all criteria for service to the public.  At this time we have no plan to turn the#1  well back on right away, though this is the goal in the long term.  The board has hired two firms to help with planning for the steps ahead.
Pacific Ground Water has been hired to try to decipher the past years of testing, the most recent testing and data which has been provided by Cadman.
The hope is the staff there (geologists and hydro geologists) will be able to define what may have happened to so suddenly and drastically change the water in well #1, and maybe even give us some projections for the future.
Garrison Engineering has been hired to help with the more near term issues.  Mr. Garrison is going to work with the board and myself to look at what options exist physically (redesign, new system components and/or changes to the system) and consider forecasting what we may need or want in the future.  This may range from do nothing and live with the water as it is to a full system remodel which would not only work to addresses the current hardness problem but also address fire flow and long term sustainability.
It is important to note,  there may be no fix for the hard water that is within the financial possibility of the Homeowners Association (if the water meets the standards of the State, the hardness may just be a fact of life). We will keep working towards a solution but treatment of hard water can be very expensive.  We are hoping we can find an acceptable means of mixing the two wells and improving aspects of the system which the community is willing to fund and will find the produced water acceptable.
If you have questions or concerns please remember to drop a note to bigbendla@gmail.com
or myself at bheron@seanet.com.
We will have more information for the annual meeting so be sure to have someone in your household attend.
Kim Peterson
Water Manager
Well #1 testing update
May 6, 2021 

As with the last well status:
We are still on well #2 (the smaller well) and still trying to understand what happened to the main well that changed the taste so dramatically.
Right now though we are also focused on what can we do to get well #1 back on line.
Inquiries have been made to various treatment engineers hoping that a simple water softening and filtration system might work.
We did work with Cadman this last month to test wells at their site and at Big Bend.
Big Bend and Cadman pulled samples the same week and submitted them for testing. 
We wanted to know if the Cadman wells were affected by the change in water makeup; they do not appear to have the same problem well #1 has.   
Cadman wells are not used for drinking water so they do not run all the same tests as Big Bend  ( they would not notice such things as taste and odor).
At this time we continue to test on and off hoping for improvement, we are flushing on occasion and we hope to have a proposal for filtration and/or treatment that lets us put #1 well back in service soon.  Meanwhile,  please conserve water use, this is a much smaller well.
I still urge everyone to keep checking in with the website (here is a link to send an email) if you have questions or concerns  or even to say  “YEA the water tastes o.k”.
Kim Peterson
Water Manger

~ The Board of Directors Report ~
Be Careful/Be Responsible
We all love the beautiful area of Big Bend where we live. The predicted summer weather conditions make it essential that we all become good stewards of our land, homes and community by:
• Observing Big Bend’s fireworks ban and outdoor burning rules
• Using water wisely and practicing water conservation at all times
• Picking up litter, leaves, branches around our homes to reduce fire potential
• Using caution, especially with children, in swimming and playing in the river
Wellhead Protection Committee w/Cadman
Big Bend and Cadman continue their cooperation through the Wellhead Protection Committee. Cadman’s annual water quality monitoring reports have shown no change in the quality/quantity of the groundwater used at their gravel operation. Big Bend also has probes in our wells to monitor similar water quality parameters.
Gravel operations are expected to increase significantly at the Gold Bar site in years ahead due to the closure of several older sites. Careful monitoring of the groundwater will be very important to ensure the integrity of Big Bend’s wells is retained. Cadman’s 2018 Monitoring Report is posted on our web site.
Water System
Work on Big Bend’s water system continues on many fronts. The probe used to collect water samples has been reprogrammed to improve collection of data. The pump was recently replaced that runs the soda ash feeder to our water system. The older pump was 10 years old and not repairable. Soda ash is needed to reduce the pH of Big Bend’s water to reduce the potential for reaction to solder used on older water pipes and faucets.
Big Bend is also investigating options to have a contract with an on-call contractor who would be available for water system emergencies and repairs to our distributions lines. Work continues implementing the projects in the Water System 5-year Plan approved last year. And thanks to Board Member, Scott Hoskin, for stepping in this spring to manage our system when both Dick King and Kim Peterson were out of town.
Annual Homeowners Meeting
The annual homeowners meeting traditionally, are held on a Saturday in July. Due to Covid-19 all public meetings are on hiatus.
The Board always appreciates your ideas and comments.
Feel free to leave us a message on the Big Bend messaging center line at 360-793-7852 or better yet, send us an email at: bigbendtalk@gmail.com.
Your Board of Directors
Big Bend Landowners Association

~ Current Events ~
​​​​​​​Water line and meter maintenance and installation requirements
Posted on Dec 28th, 2020
All work performed on the waterlines of Big Bend (road side of the meter) or the meter itself must be conducted in compliance with the current Uniform Plumbing Code. If you have proposed work for the meter or from the main to the meter contact:
Big Bend Landowners Association @ 360.793.7852
Homeowners may conduct their own work on the meter side of the service connection as long as they do not alter the connection at the meter itself.

This message from our water manager is so huge it gets it own link and window!!
You can read it and/or download the PDF here!

In the last 2 weeks we have had very unexpected shut downs of the well.
This was something we experienced in 2008 during the summer and have not had an issue with since that time.
Worst case would be the demand is exceeding the recovery of the well, best case we have some electrical issue that we can address and solve.
I have contacted the well pump company and we are looking at possible solutions.
Meanwhile, as a general conservation issue we want to remind everyone to use water wisely.
Best to water at dusk as the sun sets to allow water to sink in and not evaporate. Sunny day watering can damage plants as well.

Don’t over water gardens and yards because you forget the hose is on.  A timer is a great addition to your watering plan.
Don’t let water sprinklers water hard surface (roads, walkways, driveways etc…)
While washing your car in the driveway is convenient using a car wash uses far less drinking water (remember we have to treat every ounce of water that goes into the system)  and it is better for the environment to wash your car in a controlled area.
And Pools!  If you are going to have a backyard pool please consider filling it on a cold or wet day, fill it late in the evening or early in the morning.
If you see someone else filling a pool, wait till they are done.
We will be looking for the solution and get information out as soon as we have any more.
Kim Peterson  WDM
Important Water Emergency Tips
Posted on Jun 1st, 2017
Solutions and steps to solving your water emergency...

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Flood Mapping Alert - Big Bend
Updated flood hazard maps have recently been published for the Skykomish River by FEMA.  Flood hazard zones are proposed to be changed for many properties in Big Bend.  These changes, when adopted, will affect flood insurance costs and where Snohomish County development regulations apply on affected properties.  You can review the revised maps online at:  http://snohomishcountywa.gov/201/Planning-Development-Services.
Water Pressure and Water System Plan 
We recognize there are still many areas in Big Bend where water pressure problems and our water distribution system can be improved.   Thank you to all who spoke at the annual homeowners meeting about the need to upgrade our water system.  We are working with our water system manager and an engineering firm to assess these issues and come up with a comprehensive plan to address them.  To help us with the water system study, please let us know if you have persistent water pressure problems.  Send us an alert via the "contact us" page on this web site with your name, lot number and the nature of your water pressure problem. This information will be very helpful in identifying the most significant problems in the system and an approach to solving them.  
Please use water wisely.  Always think of water conservation in your household use of water.  And in the interim, consider storing extra water in glass bottles for drinking and cooking during emergencies and power outages.