Langley leaders: consider Freeland sewer offer cautiously


With regard to offering Langley wastewater treatment capacity to assist Freeland, there is much to be considered and I hope Langley leaders will proceed very cautiously. There are two issues that immediately come to mind:

First, the Langley treatment plant is required by Washington State to have what is known as “reserve capacity.” Reserve capacity allows for future growth based on the “medium population growth rate” within the Langley Urban Growth Area (UGA), according to Langley’s “2015 General Sewer System Plan.” The plant is currently operating at 50 percent capacity. Per the current sewer system plan, in 17 years, the projected flows within Langley city limits will be at 70 percent. However, the plant is required to maintain a 20 percent reserve capacity. When the plant is operating at 80 percent capacity, meaning within 20 percent of its maximum capacity, it is required by Washington State to add capacity. And as Freeland is finding out, capacity is very, very expensive. The Langley treatment plant most assuredly does not have the capacity to handle twice its current load without significant investment by Langley ratepayers to build out capacity or potentially upgrade the plant to a completely new design.

The second issue is that there are significant areas within Langley city limits that are currently not serviced by sewers. Langley city leaders must be sure that these unserved areas within the UGA are considered before giving away current capacity to serve others outside the UGA.

I encourage everyone to seek out the “2015 General Sewer System Plan.” And I look forward to reading the Pace Engineering report referred to in the article when it is posted. These are very important documents, and all Langley citizens should read them and pay close attention.



More in Letters to the Editor

Letter: Global warming no hoax; help to save environment

Editor, Rick Kiser’s letter to the editor on Dec. 15 suggests that… Continue reading

Letter: The food bank powered through a power outage

Editor, I don’t often get to send a thank you via the… Continue reading

Letter: Langley’s handling of records requests dubious

Editor, It was interesting to hear the city of Langley blame the… Continue reading

Letter: Navy, country need place for Growlers to practice

Editor, As a retired master chief who served at Whidbey Island, both… Continue reading

Letter: Our island community making a big difference

Editor, Thanks to Laura Guido for her article, “Making Art to Make… Continue reading

Letter: Insurance cuts a slap in the face

Editor, WhidbeyHealth recently announced budget cuts, as noted in the South Whidbey… Continue reading

Letter: Arrest by deputies’ helped avert potential tragedy

Editor, On Nov. 21, we on Whidbey Island were very likely in… Continue reading

Letter: Not anti-defense; against being ‘collateral damage’

Editor, I read the South Whidbey Record Dec. 5 article, “Navy ends… Continue reading

Letter: Frustrated by a lack of enforcement by county

Editor, It is in the spirit of continuous improvement that I write… Continue reading

Most Read