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High Water Usage – Causes and Troubleshooting

Faucet Money
There have been some complaints from WRA customers that water usage totals are high for the summer months.  Here are some things to consider.

August and September were very dry, and a lot of folks watered their lawns and gardens during that period.

Under an average water pressure for a home:

  • A 1/2-inch garden hose delivers about 9 gallons of water per minute.
  • The standard 5/8-inch garden hose delivers 17 gallons per minute.
  • Larger hoses, such as a 3/4-inch hose, use up to 23 gallons per minute.

We are billed by cubic feet.  One cubic foot is about 7.48 gallons.

If you have a standard 5/8″ hose, and you water your lawn…

  • In 15 minutes, you’d use about 255 gallons (34.1 cf)
  • If you water 1 time a day for 6 days during a week, you’d use 1530 gallons (204.5 cf)
  • if you do that for a 4-week month, you’d use 6120 gallons (818.2 cf)
  • Over two months, that’s 12240 gallons (1636.4 cf)

This doesn’t count normal, every day usage for showers, (~5 gallons/minute, according to the CF Watershed) dishes, drinking… It all adds up!

If you think your meter was read incorrectly, you can check your meter against the read value on your bill.  The system flags values it thinks are erroneous, but mistakes can happen.

If you think you have a leak, then it might be worth getting it checked out.

The WRA office has toilet dye strips available to check your toilets.

Other WRA articles to help you with water problems:
How to Compare Your Water Use to Average Neighbor

Toilet Troubleshooting

Five Ways You Might Be Wasting Water Around the House

 

 

2017 Annual Membership Meeting: Results

Neighbors,

Thank you to all who attended today’s annual Membership meeting.  The ballot count for the 2017 Annual Membership Meeting ballot was 178 – one of the highest voter turnouts in our history, a testament to the  online voting system. While the online voting could have gone smoother, we didn’t have nearly as many issues as last year, and we continue to head in right direction. .

Now to the meat of the matter: Here are the results for the 2017 Annual Membership Meeting Ballot (178 total votes; 166 online plus 12 manual).

 

Ballot Approvals:

PASS – Approve the 2016 Annual Meeting Minutes – Yes: 155, No: 14.
PASS – Approve the 2017-2018 Budget – Yes: 129, No: 35.
PASS – Approve $36 per lot special assessment for security patrol – Yes: 121, No: 55.
PASS – Approve $100 per lot homeowner dues – Yes: 109, No: 68.
FAIL – Approve Expenditure of up to $15,000 to Assess Water System – Yes: 81, No: 95

ByLaw Amendments (66% approval – 119 yes votes – needed to pass).

 

FAIL – Bylaw # 2.5 – Legal Expense Control – Yes:  49, No: 83
FAIL – Bylaw # 2.6 – Legal Expense Control – Yes:  57, No: 76
FAIL – Bylaw # 3.1.1 – Number of Trustees – Yes:  62, No: 69
FAIL – Bylaw # 3.1.2 – Term and Term Limits – Yes:  75, No: 55
FAIL – Bylaw # 3.1.3 – Definition of a Member “in good standing” – Yes:  74, No: 57
FAIL – Bylaw # 3.1.14 – Appointment of Trustees to Vacant Positions – Yes:  72, No: 61
FAIL – Bylaw 3.1.18 – Trustee Resignation – Yes:  85, No: 48
FAIL – Bylaw # 3.2.3 – Presence at Meeting for Voting – Yes:  88, No: 45
FAIL –  Bylaw # 3.3.6 – Officer Duties – Yes: 66 , No: 67
FAIL – Bylaw # 3.3.7 – Staffing – Yes:  66, No: 65
FAIL – Bylaw # 4.3.0 – Annual Meeting Quorum – Yes:  42, No: 90
FAIL – Bylaw # 5.2.6 – Advisory Committee Term – Yes:  70, No: 63
FAIL – Bylaw # 5.2.6 – Advisory Committee Removal – Yes:  71, No: 60

 

 

Board of Trustees

Alan Bruckner 73
Ryan Fiedler 128
Thomas Grisso 137
Mike Kenyon 111
Heather Larson 128
Brad Summers 69

Write In Results
Subject to nominee acceptance of the appointment to fill the available 3 positions. If a nominee declines, the next nominee in line will be offered the position.

Joyce Jansen Total 4
Matt Rourke Total 4
Steve McDonald Total 4
Ben Larson Total 3
Brian Mogridge Total 3
Brian Warren Total 3
Donna Greathouse Total 3
Janet Sailer Total 3
Jordan Berry Total 3
Kathy Hyland Total 3
Chris Rosko Total 2
Ernie Henrie Total 2
Jaime Oberg Total 2
Joe Tradii Total 2
John Greer Total 2
Lenny Stoltman Total 2
Michael Pena Total 2
Steve Miller Total 2
Sunnie Kelly Total 2
Veronica Webber Smith Total 2
Cammy Cirhan Total 1
Courtney Fastenau Total 1
Dave Latourette Total 1
Jason Fisher Total 1
Jeff Mika Total 1
Jim Besso Total 1
Julie Warren Total 1
Julio Iglesias Total 1
Mark LaPerriere Total 1
Michael Faoro Total 1
Stuart Paulus Total 1
William Tribble Total 1

 

ARC Committee

 

Jim Besso 126

Write In Results
Subject to nominee acceptance of the appointment to fill the available 5 positions. If a nominee declines, the next nominee in line will be offered the position.

Steve McDonald Total 3
Alexis Danshita Total 2
Jerry Cummings Total 2
Matt Rourke Total 2
Steve Miller Total 2
Alan Bruckner Total 1
Art Farash Total 1
Brian Mogridge Total 1
Cathy Mika Total 1
Donna Greathouse Total 1
Janet Sailer Total 1
Jeannette Mandanas Total 1
Jeff Mika Total 1
John Smith Total 1
Joyce Jansen Total 1
Karen Goldenburger Total 1
Kathy Hyland Total 1
Katie Fiedler Total 1
Kim Huffaker Total 1
Mia Buse-Stone Total 1
Scott Fastenau Total 1
Silvia Lezama Total 1
Susann Hussels Total 1
Sylvia Salais Total 1
Thomas Grisso Total 1
William Tribble Total 1

Advisory Committee

 

Donna Greathouse 96
Joyce Jansen 91

Write In Results
Subject to nominee acceptance of the appointment to fill the available 3 positions. If a nominee declines, the next nominee in line will be offered the position.
Brian Mogridge Total 4
Jim Besso Total 4
Janet Sailer Total 3
Lenny Stoltman Total 3
Steve Miller Total 3
Dave Yarnchak Total 2
Jessica Besso Total 2
Joe Tradii Total 2
Stuart Paulus Total 2
Wil Chromey Total 2
Amy Mogridge Total 1
Andrea Jensen Total 1
Art Farash Total 1
Ernie Total 1
Jaime Oberg Total 1
Jerry Cummings Total 1
Karen Goldenburger Total 1
Kristen sweeney Total 1
Mike o’neil Total 1
Richard smith Total 1
Ryan Fiedler Total 1
Steve McDonald Total 1
Thea Tiryakioglu Total 1

 

THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the voting, and an extra thank you to those who helped set up, break down, manning the BBQ, verify the counts, and assisting in making this community a better place!

 

Upcoming King County Hawkweed Control in Wilderness Rim

King County Noxious Weed Specialist, Ashley Gould, will be in the Wilderness Rim Neighborhood the first two weeks of June controlling Orange & Yellow Hawkweed (Hieracium aurantiacum & Hieracium caespitosum).  Orange & Yellow Hawkweed are invasive plants that can invade grassy areas and displace desirable native species.  Both hawkweed species are Class B Noxious Weeds and are required to be controlled in King County.  Want to learn more about Orange & Yellow Hawkweed?  Visit http://your.kingcounty.gov/dnrp/library/water-and-land/weeds/BMPs/hawkweed-control.pdf or email Ashley at  agould@kingcounty.gov

Hawkweed

Additional Homeowner and Security Dues to be Billed in Late May

Last July, the Board decided to invoice members for their Association homeowner dues and security patrol dues every two months, rather than in a lump sum in July, as was done in the past. However, these dues were not invoiced when bills were sent out in late July 2016, as the transition to billing these dues every two months had not yet been approved by the membership. Thus, an extra set of dues will be invoiced with the May billing cycle so that there will be a total of $80 assessed for homeowner dues and $48 for security patrol dues for the 12-month period ending June 30, 2017. Your homeowner dues in May will be $26.68 and security patrol dues will be $16, twice what they were in prior bills this fiscal year. The Association apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause members.

We also ask those who drop off their payments at the Association Office or mail their payments to the Association to send their payments directly to Sallal. Their address is Sallal Water Association, P.O. Box 378, North Bend, WA 98045. In addition to providing water to Wilderness Rim, Sallal also is responsible for member billings and payments.

Water Leakage Survey

Based on water meter readings in recent years, the amount of water lost in our water system between where the water enters the Rim and where it reaches homeowner water meters has been calculated as high as 17%. Several factors could account for this loss, including flushing of fire hydrants, use of water by street sweepers, broken or faulty meters, and broken pipes. To get a better idea of water loss, Association volunteers and Sallal Water Association (Sallal) employees read meters on March 18 and April 1 to get a better idea of water loss over a short period of time. Based on the survey, estimated water loss was about 25%. To help determine where water leakage may be occurring, a leakage study will be done by Utility Services Associates and our water system operator in June (tentatively June 5-9). There may be some traffic diversions and short-term water shut-offs during the study period.

How Does My Water Use Compare to My Neighbors’ Water Use?

During the March 2017 billing, several members were alarmed to have received very high water bills. With the help of leakage detection services, customers found their sources of water leaks (usually broken pipes, perhaps resulting from the cold weather) and fixed them. A common question members keep asking is: How does my water use compare to other members’ water use?

On average, members use about 1,100 cubic feet of water every 2 months. A cubic foot is equal to about 7.5 gallons. The 20% of members that use the least amount of water use up to about 500 cubic feet per billing period (two months). The next 20% use about 500 to 750 cubic feet. The middle 20% use about 750 to 1000 cubic feet. The next 20% use about 1000 to 1200 cubic feet. And, the top 20% of water users use about 1200 to 3000 cubic feet per two months. Top water users often include those with broken pipes or leaky toilets. In general, water use is also higher during the summer than during the winter. If you would like to see how your water use this year compares to last year, go to the Association’s payment website at https://wra.secure.munibilling.com. If you haven’t done so already, you will need to set up a user name and password to use the site.
Water Usage Graph
If you think your water use is high, turn off all the water in your house, and then check your water meter (located in a black box near the street and usually between your house and your neighbor’s house) to see if the meter is still showing water use (look to see if the small silver “wheel” is rotating). If so, you probably have a leak. Contact the Office (425-888-0087) and they will give you tips to help you find your leak. If it makes you feel any better, a 2015 article in the Seattle Times noted that the average family of four in Seattle uses about 1,600 cubic feet per two-month period and paid $110 for water for that period.