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The Burn Ban has been lifted and is set at “Moderate”.
Monetary transactions are not conducted at Board of Director's Private Homes.
All Payments MUST be mailed to the Monroe PO Box on the statement.
=Never Mail Cash!= 
Allow for INCREASED USPS travel time/DELAYS. You are responsible for any late payments.
~ Soda Ash/Water ~
Soda Ash and Water System Update.
Water System Update
Hopefully everyone made it through the ‘day without water’  devoid of drama. Water was returned to normal (the new normal) about 5:30 this evening. If you turned off your hot water heater remember to get it back on. 
If you have concerns about how your system is functioning as we return to operation, or notice anything not “typical” of the past couple weeks be sure to email your Board, bigbendla@gmail.com and myself, Kim at bheron@seanet.com by clicking on this LINK.
We are still working on adjusting the pH and that is likely to continue another 2 weeks; expect continued small changes in the feel or taste of the water. In the next weeks we will work on the main well and continue testing in the hopes of understanding what took place and how we can put this larger (more productive) well back in use.
Kim Peterson
This Thursday, March 4th the #1 well and pump house are going to receive some remodeling work.
Water will go off about 9 AM, not before, and be off most of the day.
As always when working with water pipes and systems, something could go wrong and unexpected delays could have the water off longer then we anticipate. Please, be prepared.
Don’t forget pets. Store water for non-potable uses in the tub if you have one. Drinking water should be stored in glass if possible or clean plastic. Please do not drink water out of the hot water tank EVER
Turn off the power to your hot water tank if you’re not sure about a backflow device at your home.

Please watch this web site and the reader board for updated information.
Your BBLA Board

We will be making some updates to the pump lines in the well house this coming week, Tuesday to Thursday. During this work the water will be off for an extended period of time 10 hours or so is likely.
We will also be shocking the system with chlorine which means the day or two after the work you may notice the smell/taste of chlorine, that is expected.
Please watch the web site and the reader board regarding announcements for the actual day of work Tuesday to Thursday is the expected work window.
Ideas for a day without water on tap:
  • Fill your tub and sink for non drinking water.
  • Set aside water in jars, bottles and cooking pots for drinking and cooking.
  • Don’t forget to keep water around for pets!
  • Turn off the hot water heater if you do not have back flow on your household plumbing, or if you are not sure.
  • Spend a day doing errands away from home this could be a good day to be out.
Most of all, just think about the needs you have for running water and find a way to back up those needs. 
This is a good reminder about “how to be prepared”  everyone should have a way to make it at least 24 hours without running water at all times. In a valley which is subject to floods, fire and other natural disasters it is important to have a “disaster” plan and know you can safely support yourself and family and maybe help a neighbor, treat this as an opportunity to think about that and prepare.
Thanks for everyone’s patience and cooperation this past while.
Kim Peterson

~ 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
Barking Dogs!
Posted on Jun 1st, 2017
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Important Water Emergency Tips
Posted on Jun 1st, 2017
Solutions and steps to solving your water emergency...

~ Message Center ~
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.