Update 1/27 1:45 PM: City of Gold Bar has restored our well pump function. If you experience air in your lines, open your outside hydrant furthest from your meter to flush it out.
Update 1/27 12:45 PM: It appears our well pumps are not pumping at this time. City of Gold Bar is on the way out to check it out.
Water System News
Water Manager Contract
Posted on Dec 10th, 2022
On 12/10/21, the current Water Manager’s contract expired. Simultaneously, Big Bend entered a new contract for water system supervision and maintenance. The new contract is a mutual aid agreement with the City of Gold Bar, that will contract their Public Works Manager, Rich Norris, as our Water System Operator. Mr. Norris is a Level II Operator, and has many years of experience working with water systems like Big Bend’s. This new contract will allow Big Bend to benefit from the equipment and resources available to the City of Gold Bar, as well as other entities with which they have a mutual aid agreement. It will not in any way put the Big Bend Water System under the control of the City of Gold Bar. It simply allows Big Bend on-call access to their multiple personnel and repair equipment fleet on an as-needed basis, at rates far below those charged by private contractors in the Valley. It also fulfills WA State’s regulatory requirement that every water system have oversight by a licensed water operator professional. The Board is very glad to have been able to obtain this contract from the City of Gold Bar, and believes it will be a great benefit to Big Bend. If you have any questions, please call the Big Bend Messaging Line, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Read More >>
2021 Consumer Confidence Report
Posted on Jun 27th, 2022
Well #1 & #2 Test Results
Posted on Mar 30th, 2022
After completion of the flushing of Well 1, testing was done for hardness. The hardness level was reduced from a high in April 2021 of over 700 to just 47. This is the low end of soft water and Well 1 was placed back online on 3/21.
We were contacted on 3/23 with concerns about the taste from Well 1 . We switched back to well 2 on 3/24. Both well 1 and 2 had samples pulled on 3/25 for coliform and hardness testing.
The satisfactory coliform sample results are attached. The water is safe. We are still awaiting the hardness test results so that we can compare the hardness level between the two wells to gain some insight into whether hardness is playing a role in the taste.
Public Works Director, WDM Il, CCCS City of Gold Bar
Well #1 Update
Posted on Mar 26th, 2022
Hi Big Benders, Regarding water issues, we have switched back to well #2.Read More >>
72-hr Flush Well #1
Posted on Mar 21st, 2022
Good news on our well water! A year ago we had to shut off well #1 due to a sudden large increase in hardness, which also caused a foul taste. Multiple experts recommended we flush the water from the well onto the ground for 72 hours continuously.Read More >>
Water Manager Contract
Posted on Dec 10th, 2021
On 12/10/21, the current Water Manager’s contract expired. Simultaneously, Big Bend entered a new contract for water system supervision and maintenance.Read More >>
Wellhead Protection Committee
Cadman has announced their intention to pursue adding a hard-rock quarry in addition to the existing quarry across from Big Bend on Highway 2. The link to Cadman's informational site is here: cadmangoldbar.com.
Here's Big Bend's most recent Water Supply Contingency Plan.
The Board always appreciates your ideas and comments. Feel free to leave a message on the Big Bend messaging line at 360-793-7852 or better yet, send an email to: email@example.com.
Online Accounts for Property Owners & Tenants!
Did you know? Property Owners and Tenants can both register for online accounts.
Even if you don't own the property you're occupying in Big Bend, you can still register for an online account that will give you access to Members Only areas, such as the Member Message Board and Classifieds.
A tenant membership will not grant access to any payment capability or confidential lot/owner information.
Info. to Know
Flood Hazard Maps:
Hazard maps are 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. Snohomish County has several good links here: https://www.snohomishcountywa.gov/faq.aspx?qid=774.
You can access an updated FEMA map online at: https://msc.fema.gov/portal/home.
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, through Big Bend. If you have proposed work for the meter or from the main to the meter contact the Big Bend Landowners Association. 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. Down the PDF for further information.
Rules & Regulations
Here's the most recent copy of Rules & Regulations.
There are currently no burn bans in effect.
No monetary transactions are conducted at Board Member's homes. All payments must be made online through the "Payments" tab at the top of the page, or mailed to PO Box 1593, in Monroe. Remember to allow for increased mailing time. A late fee will be charged for any late payments.
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