South Whidbey Record


LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Freeland runs into sewer realities

April 8, 2013 · Updated 1:47 PM

To the editor:

I have worked 44 years now in various fields of engineering. I began as a civil engineer who designs sewage plants.

From the very beginning, when I got involved in February 2011, I could literally see that the rock quarry where the Freeland Water and Sewer District wanted to dump almost a million gallons a day of effluent would never act as holding basin for the ground water to accept additional waste water. I told them not to spend more money on a solution that won’t work, yet they went ahead and paid $300,000 to some mainland consultants, Tetra, to evaluate the hydrogeology of the rock quarry and finally concluded: Quarry won’t hold the water. No place for WWTP to dump effluent; $7,000,000 wasted.

Can you imagine what $7,000,000 would provide to our community if it had been spent to support local businesses, buy food for families unemployed, buy medical help for families uninsured because they are unemployed.

Why did Tetra Tech get hired?

My opinion: That company will produce a report for whatever the politicians want to hear. In this case, the three FWSD commissioners were in real estate. Get rid of old homes, clear the land, build new mansions in fact, right along the Holmes Harbor waterfront.

The assessments would force old people in modest homes to get out. That was the county’s reward to these old people who paid their taxes for decades and decades. Very clever ideas by the former FWSD board and Commissioner Helen Price Johnson.

It is good that they ran into reality.

Ric Delmonte



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