Frequently Asked Questions

How often do you inspect our system?

Every 3 years or if the property is up for sale and the property owner or Escrow request an inspection.

How do I make Application?

You can stop by the office on Cessna Road or download Application from our website. At that time you would pay the $500 permit fee.

How do I get a Certification of Availability?

The application needs to be turned in and $500 permit fee paid.

How do I get a Sewer Service Confirmation?

New Connection: After permit fees and facility charges have been paid and field staff have finalized work.

Do you have a Low Income Program?

Yes. Please bring your last year’s 1040 tax return and fill out our Low Income Application. We will notarize the application and switch you to low income rate. This Application is also helpful at OPALCO and Rock Island. For owners only.

Can I attend a Board meeting? Can I speak to the Commissioners at a Board meeting?

All Board meetings are open to the public, and anyone is welcome to attend! There are opportunities for public comment at the beginning and end of each meeting to give anyone who wishes to an opportunity to address the board. If you would like to make a request of the board, please submit the request in writing at least a week before the meeting in order to have it on the agenda for review.

What do I have to pay after I call in an emergency?

Nothing.

What is the history of ESWD?

The Eastsound Water District was incorporated in Washington State in 1938. Some years later, in the early 1950s, the Eastsound Water Users Association was created and the Eastsound Water District agreed to license its wells and water rights, the only source of municipal water in Eastsound, to the new organization. The Water District then curtailed its own distribution of the water resource. The Eastsound Sewer & Water District has retained ownership of its well property and senior municipal water rights for the Eastsound area and continues to license them to the Eastsound Water Users Association.

In the mid-1970s, the original Eastsound Water District was resurrected in order to provide an entity with the authority to provide sewer service in the Eastsound area. The Eastsound Water District expanded its authority as a municipal utility under RCW Title 56, the Washington State law governing sewer districts at that time. The Eastsound Community approved by vote to create Utility Local Improvement District #1 to provide sewer service to a portion of the Eastsound area. The Eastsound Wastewater Treatment Facility began operation in 1980. During the following thirty years, the District has doubled its treatment capacity to .16 million gallons per day (MGD) and has continued an orderly development of sewer main line extensions inside its approved service area.

In the mid-1980s, the District performed a feasibility study on providing sewer service to the Orcas Village area primarily around the Washington State Ferries, Orcas Ferry Terminal. The Department of Ecology and the Department of Transportation both took part in the development of plans in order to provide sewer service to Orcas Village. The District was the principal administrator for the project and, with grants from the Department of Ecology and the Department of Transportation, entered into contracts with the individual property owners to provide sewer service to the Orcas Village area. The District continues to administrate and operate the Orcas Village Sewer System. The treatment plant and collection system was built and went on-line in 1989. The system currently serves approximately 30 customers with a total of 67 equivalent residential units (ERU’s). The treatment plant is approximately one-third of its total design capacity so there is sufficient capacity to serve the area for the current planning period.

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