The Water Division supplies water to you our customer through approximately 90 miles of water main lines. We purchase our water from the City of Anacortes who draws from the Skagit River. The water is continually monitored and tested to meet all State Department of Health Standards. Water is used for potable water, for irrigation, and for fire protection:
- The Water Division maintains water mains and water service lines up to and including the meter. The water service line from the meter to the house is the owner's responsibility.
- For problems with a water meter, water pressure or with taste and odor problems Contact the Public Works Shop Monday through Friday by calling 360-279-4750.
- For after hour and weekend emergencies (Such as water leaks and water line breaks out in the street and up to the meter) Contact I-COM at 360-679-9567.
Note: If a customer requests water to be shut off or turned on after normal working hours due to activation or deactivation of an account. The customer's account will be charged an after-hours turn on/off fee of $75.
- Does the City add fluoride in my water?
Yes, we add fluoride to the State standards (1 part per million) which is considered an ideal level by the American Dental Association for dental health.
- What do I do if my water has a funny taste?
Taste or odor in water can come from many things:
- Fluctuating levels of chlorine
- Large amounts of organic matter in the river due to flooding and the taste of chemicals that are used to remove that matter
- Water that has sat in the water mains or service lines for long periods of time
The water is still safe to drink. Try to run the faucet for a little while and see if it goes away. If it doesn't clear up contact the Water Division and we will check it out and possibly we might have to flush the water main.
- Why is chlorine in my water?
Chlorine is a disinfectant that acts as health insurance against the possible occurrence of disease-causing pathogens. If this type of contaminating were present in the water, chlorine would kill it. Chlorine dosages in your water are low: between 0.2 part per million to 1.0 part per million.