Drinking Water Quality Report 2018

Because of our outstanding water source and compliance with state and federal requirements, Lummi Island Scenic Estates is proud to report that our drinking water meets all primary and secondary EPA and Department of Health standards.

Sanitary Survey Results

A sanitary survey is a periodic inspection of water system facilities, operations and records used to identify conditions that may present a sanitary or public health risk. Our water system was inspected by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) in August 2017.

DOH Regional Engineer Joyln Leslie and her assistant Virpi Salo-Zieman toured the water treatment and distribution facilities. No significant deficiencies were identified. The recommendations of the survey are being addressed, including the installation of remote monitoring alarms and automatic shutdown systems in case of a critical failure.

Joyln Leslie commented in her letter, “Both Virpi and I were impressed with the cleanliness and order of your water plant and system records. It’s not often that we see a small system of your size like this. It is clear that you take pride in your system and rightly so!”

Our drinking water

Scenic Estates drinking water comes from a surface water system called Dickenson Lake. This natural hard-rock ravine forms a reservoir with the capacity of about 16 million gallons. The reservoir is fed by a watershed (from rain and snow) that covers about 230 acres and consists of forested land owned by LISECC and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

 LISECC Reservoir

LISECC Reservoir

The overflow of the reservoir drains into the Swim Lake, and then down Aiston Creek to Hale Passage and Bellingham Bay. The Swim Lake is a back up emergency source of water for treatment.

At the Water Treatment Plant, water is disinfected and treated. Then water flows through a rapid rate filter and pumped into storage tanks for distribution. The performance of rapid rate filters for turbidity (particle) removal is a key element in protecting our community from microbial contaminants and maximizing public health.