October 16, 2017

Pay By Phone Now Available

Skagit PUD now offers a new way to pay your utility bill 24/7 by using our Interactive Voice Response phone system. It’s fast and convenient. No computer necessary. You can pay your bills anytime and anywhere. All you need is a phone.

 
October 16, 2017

Community Disaster & Emergency Preparedness Fair 10/21

Prepare yourself, your family and your pets for disasters and emergencies at the Community Disaster & Emergency Preparedness Fair.

 
September 27, 2017

PUD Agrees to Buy Watershed Property

Skagit PUD has agreed to buy 250 acres of forest land around Gilligan Creek from the Weyerhaeuser Company for $1.5 million in an effort to protect water quality.

 
August 16, 2017

Registration Open for Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training

If an earthquake or other major disaster struck your neighborhood, would you be willing to help rescue people and provide basic first aid until police, fire and EMS personnel arrive?

 
July 26, 2017

New Look to Statements

We’ve listened to customer feedback, and understand that your statement is one of the most important pieces of communication you receive from us.

 
June 29, 2017

Consumer Confidence Report 2016, Water Use Efficiency Report Now Available

Each year, Skagit PUD provides its customers with an annual Consumer Confidence Report to let them know how our water quality stacks up against established federal and state drinking water standards. 

 
June 28, 2017

Architectural Consulting Services Sought to Address Facilities' Future Needs

Skagit PUD requests a Statement of Qualification from qualified professional architectural firms to conduct a needs analysis and the development of alternatives to address the future needs of the PUD's facilities. This is intended to be the first phase of a multi-phased project, leading to the potential construction of a new facility housing all of the PUD's functions.

 
June 1, 2017

PUD Requests Proposals for Employee Compensation Study

Skagit PUD is requesting proposals from qualified firms to provide services to assist the utility in the development of a market-based compensation program for non-represented employees.

 
May 9, 2017

Main Flushing Program Keeps Clean Water Flowing

As part of Skagit PUD’s ongoing maintenance and water quality efforts, the PUD conducts a water line flushing program throughout its 650 mile water system. Flushing is a process that rapidly removes sediment from the PUD’s water piping system, similar to the process of flushing a car’s radiator.

 
May 1, 2017

'Drinking Water Week' May 7-13

Skagit PUD is joining water professionals across North America recognizing the week of May 7-13 as “Drinking Water Week” in an effort to raise awareness of the vital role water plays in daily lives. 

 
April 13, 2017

New Treasurer and Contractor Auditor Appointed

Skagit PUD commissioners appointed Finance Manager Sally Saxton as treasurer during its regular meeting on April 11.

 
March 15, 2017

Sidhu Named General Manager

Skagit PUD Board of Commissioners named George Sidhu as general manager during a regular meeting of the board on March 14. Sidhu had served as interim general manager since December 2015.

 
March 9, 2017

RFP for Contracted Auditor Services Open

Skagit PUD is seeking proposals from qualified firms to provide contracted internal auditing services. 

 
February 28, 2017

William Stendal, Former PUD Commissioner, Dies at 89

William Stendal, who served as a Skagit PUD commissioner from 1987 to 1992, died Feb.22. Mr. Stendal, a resident of Sedro-Woolley, was 89.

 
February 28, 2017

Summer is Here! Time to Think About Getting a Rain Barrel

Besides helping the environment, an obvious reason for harvesting rainwater is to save money. Depending on the size of your house and the amount of rainfall in your area, you can collect a substantial amount of rainwater with a simple system.

 
February 28, 2017

No Stamps Needed

Say goodbye to postage stamps. Online bill payment can simplify your life. Easily create an account. View and pay your water bills anytime on any device. 

 
February 8, 2017

What's the Basic Charge?

All Skagit PUD customers receiving water service are charged a Basic Fixed Charge, which is designed to recover the fixed costs of having the water system in place and maintained to provide reliable service. 

 
January 9, 2017

Berg Joins Board of Commissioners

Skagit PUD welcomes Eron Berg to its Board of Commissioners. Berg was elected in November 2016. He replaces outgoing Commissioner James Cook, who served on the board for 12 years.

 
December 8, 2016

Keep Your Pipes From Freezing This Winter With a Few Simple Steps

Avoid plumbing problems with these cold-weather tips …

 
November 28, 2016

2017 Budget Approved

Skagit PUD Board of Commissioners approved the 2017 Final Budget during its regular meeting held on Tuesday, November 22.

 
November 9, 2016

Proposed New Rates for 2017

Water is essential to our daily lives, but few people stop to consider its value and importance, especially when compared to bottled water and other everyday products.

 
October 31, 2016

PUD Receives Clean Audits from State

The Washington State Auditor's Office recently completed an audit of Skagit PUD, giving the utility high marks for its good internal controls.

 
October 14, 2016

Weekend Storm May Impact Water Service

The high winds this weekend may impact some Skagit PUD water customers. When the power goes out, so do pumps that help in the delivery of water to homes and businesses.

 
September 7, 2016

Fall Back To Savings: Cut Indoor Water Use & Save

Are you looking for a low tech, low maintenance way to conserve water and save money this fall? Consider installing a new showerhead.

 
September 7, 2016

Using a Bill Payer? Time to Update Your Account Number

In March, Skagit PUD updated its utility billing system. At that time, all customers were issued a new account number. Previously referred to as the “customer number.” 

 
July 28, 2016

Online Bill Pay Update

For the last several months, Skagit PUD has experienced technical issues with its Auto Pay recurring bill payment feature. Paymentus, our credit card processor, has been working to correct the matter.

Resolution took much longer than anticipated and has been a point of frustration for our online users and the PUD. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.

 
July 28, 2016

Save Money, Shower Better

An American taking a 5-minute shower uses more water than the average person in a developing country uses for an entire day.

 
June 29, 2016

GM Hire Process Suspended

Skagit PUD's Board of Commissioners decided Tuesday night to suspend the hiring process for a new general manager through the end of the year.

 
June 22, 2016

Commission Meetings Moving to Bimonthly Schedule Starting in July

Starting in July, Skagit PUD Commission meetings will be held on on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. The first regular meeting held under this new schedule will be July 12.

 
June 22, 2016

Water Quality Reports Available

Each year, Skagit PUD provides its customers with an annual Water Quality Report to let them know how our water quality stacks up against established federal and state drinking water standards.

 
June 7, 2016

GM Finalists Announced

Skagit PUD's Board of Commissioners has selected five finalists to be interviewed for the open general manager position after conducting a national search process.

 
May 5, 2016

PUD Wins 'TOP' Water Award

Skagit PUD’s Water Treatment Plant received a Washington State Office of Drinking Water Treatment Optimization Program (TOP) award in recognition of 15 years of meeting and exceeding strict water quality standards. 

 
May 2, 2016

What You Can Do About Lead Concerns

The recent issues in Flint, Michigan and locally in Tacoma’s water system have sharpened the focus on lead in drinking water. Skagit PUD is not aware of any existing lead pipe in use within its water system. In the 1930s, copper was the most prevalent material used in our system when connecting the water main to customers’ service lines.

 
April 15, 2016

Bulk Water Fill Stations Now Open for Business

Skagit PUD has launched two new bulk water fill stations that allow for 24-hour daily access to bulk water for our customers. The bulk water fill stations are sites where commercial business, agricultural operations and the general public can purchase large volumes of water at easily accessible locations.

 
March 21, 2016

New Billing System Launched

Skagit Public Utility District has launched its new customer-care and billing system that manages critical customer-information data such as billings, meter reads, payment processing and service connections.

 
March 11, 2016

Harvesting Rainwater with Rain Barrels

Besides helping the environment, an obvious reason for harvesting rainwater is to save money. Depending on the size of your house and the amount of rainfall in your area, you can collect a substantial amount of rainwater with a simple system.

 
February 1, 2016

2016 Rate Increases

Water is essential to our daily lives, but few people stop to consider its value and importance, especially when compared to bottled water and other everyday products.

 
January 4, 2016

Welcome to Online Bill Pay!

The payment option that many customers have been asking for is now available at Skagit PUD. We are excited to announce that online payment is up and running.

 
December 30, 2015

Sidhu Named Interim GM

Skagit PUD Commissioners named George Sidhu as acting interim general manager during the last regular meeting of the board for 2015 on Tuesday night.

 
December 9, 2015

GM Powell Retires

Skagit PUD commissioners announced Tuesday night, at a regular board meeting, that General Manager Bob Powell has decided to retire. Powell has held the GM position at the PUD since hired in February 2011.

 
November 24, 2015

District Receives Grant for Water Stations

Skagit PUD will receive a grant from the state Department of Ecology to help pay for part of the cost of installing self-service water stations.

 
November 12, 2015

Drops Need Watts: Save Water & Energy by Showering Better

Water and energy work together. Have you ever picked up a gallon of water or milk from the fridge? It’s pretty heavy, right? A lot of energy is used to carry every gallon of water you use from a drinking water source to a treatment plant that makes it safe to drink.

 
October 2, 2015

Value of Water

We drink it. We bathe and swim in it. We cook with it. But, have you thought about how much water is part of your daily life? Water is used in almost every manufacturing process from clothes to cars to food to computers. In fact, almost everything we touch every day has been made with water.

 
July 1, 2015

Consumer Confidence Report 2014 Available

Each year, Skagit PUD provides its customers with an annual Water Quality Report to let them know how our water quality stacks up against established federal and state drinking water standards.

 
June 5, 2015

S-W Pipeline Under Construction

Work is currently underway on replacing a segment of Skagit Public Utility District’s water transmission line serving Sedro-Woolley from Judy Reservoir. The pipeline was taken out of service on March 31 due to a significant leak in the existing 20-inch concrete cylinder pipeline, which was installed in 1970. The pipeline is one of two transmission lines that supply water from Judy Reservoir to the communities of Burlington, Mount Vernon and Sedro-Woolley.

 
May 15, 2015

Road Closure for Pipeline Repair

Starting May 26, Skagit PUD is scheduled  to begin work repairing a water transmission pipeline from Judy Reservoir that intersects the roadway at 25227 South Skagit Highway. For safety purposes, the road will need to be closed at milepost 1.78 to milepost 4.70 from May 28 to July 3 to through traffic. All traffic for South Skagit Highway will be detoured to Old Day Creek Road.

 
May 8, 2015

Stop the Drain on Your Dollars!

You may think those little leaks in your bathroom don't amount to a drop in the bucket. Not so. The sneakiest drip can be found in your bathroom toilet. Toilet tank leaks, almost undetectable to the naked eye, can add significantly to your monthly bill.

 
May 6, 2015

Celebrate Drinking Water Week: May 3-9

As Drinking Water Week continues, Skagit PUD joins the American Water Works Association and water professionals across the country in highlighting the importance of understanding their water supply from source to tap.

 
March 27, 2015

Transmission Line Repair Underway

Skagit Public Utility District initiated emergency shutdown procedures Friday afternoon on the Sedro-Woolley water transmission line due to a break in the pipe. The pipeline is one of two transmission lines that supply water from Judy Reservoir to the communities of Burlington, Mount Vernon and Sedro-Woolley.

 
March 6, 2015

Only Tap Water Delivers

Tap water is more than a convenience; it's central to our everyday lives. Any measure of a successful society—low mortality rates, economic diversity, productivity, and public safety—are in some way related to access to safe water.

 
February 26, 2015

New Meter Installation Charges Updated

The Skagit PUD Board of Commissioners has approved an increase in the installation charges for new meter services effective July 1, 2015.

 
January 12, 2015

New 2015 Water Rates in Place

A rate increase of 8% or $2.90 per month for the average residential customer has been approved for 2015 by the PUD Board of Commissioners. 

 
December 23, 2014

New City Water Utility Tax Hits Bills

Effective January 2015, Skagit PUD water customers who reside within the city limits of Mount Vernon or Sedro-Woolley will begin seeing a new tax line item on their water bills.

 
December 2, 2014

Proposed New Rates Reflect Need to Maintain Assets

Water is essential to our daily lives, but few people stop to consider its value and importance, especially when compared to bottled water and other everyday products.

 
November 12, 2014

Winter Plumbing Tips

Avoid plumbing problems with these cold-weather tips …

 
October 6, 2014

PUD Earns Clean State Audit Report

Skagit PUD received a clean audit from State Auditor’s Office for 2013 following a review of the PUD's financial statements and accountability practices last month.

 
October 1, 2014

New Intake Screen Lets Water in While Keeping Debris Out

Maintaining and improving valuable assets plays a significant role in being a good steward of our water resources. 

 
October 1, 2014

Waterline Project Replaces Aging Pipe

Skagit Public Utility District is scheduled to begin installing 6,125 of new 8-inch pipeline on Old Day Creek Road from “B” Street in Clear Lake to Timber Lane starting September 29. 

 
August 18, 2014

Skagit River Salmon Festival Celebrates Mighty Skagit

The Skagit River Salmon Festival is back for its third year with a new location and more festival fun than ever. Join us Saturday, September 6, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Waterfront Park at Swinomish Casino & Lodge in Anacortes.

 
June 30, 2014

Water Quality Reports Now Available

Each year, Skagit PUD provides its customers with an annual Water Quality Report to let them know how our water quality stacks up against established federal and state drinking water standards.

 
June 30, 2014

Explore Skagit Watershed Letterbox Trail

Skagit PUD is joining with area environmental organizations and groups to hide “letterboxes” up and down the Skagit watershed this summer. Letterboxing is a great way to explore the natural wonders of Skagit County while learning how to help protect our watershed.

 
March 3, 2014

Gilligan Creek Project Bid Results

The Gilligan Creek Intake Improvements Project was advertised for bid on February 13, 2014, and six bid proposals were received on the closing date of February 27, 2014. Bids were opened at 10:15 a.m. in Skagit PUD's conference room.

 
March 3, 2014

Be Notified First With MyStateUSA

What’s MyStateUSA? 
MyStateUSA is the community notification system that Skagit 911 uses to deliver alert messages via e-mail, text and/or phone calls to residents and businesses in the event of an emergency or public warning.

 
January 17, 2014

When BIGGER is Better

Skagit PUD is pushing ahead with plans to replace its undersized 1 million gallon steel storage reservoir on East Division Street in Mount Vernon with a new 6 million gallon concrete reservoir. Survey work, underground utility locating and soil assessment got underway in December. 

 
November 20, 2013

Value of Water: Rising Costs Affect Rates

Skagit PUD’s water costs less than a penny per gallon—a true bargain considering the energy and expertise it takes to treat and deliver safe and reliable water to homes and businesses day in and day out. But like many basic services today, the cost of treating and delivering water is going up for several reasons.

 
October 30, 2013

Making Water Safe When Disaster Strikes

After an emergency, such as a flood or earthquake, drinking water may not be available or safe to drink from the tap. As a result, customers may have to find a source of safe drinking water or know how to treat their water for use in certain activities, such as drinking, making ice, washing hands, and brushing teeth. Make sure you are prepared with these simple steps.

 
August 30, 2013

SPAWNtaneous Fun at Skagit River Salmon Festival September 7

The Skagit touches just about everyone who lives here. The quality of life we enjoy comes from the Skagit River—quality water to drink and irrigate our crops, electricity for our homes and businesses, livelihoods for our fishermen, and a place for our families to play, picnic, camp and hike.

 
July 3, 2013

Follow the Letterbox Trail

Go outside and explore the natural wonders of Skagit County through letterboxing—a cross between geocaching and a treasure hunt.

 
June 28, 2013

Consumer Confidence & Water Use Efficiency Reports 2012 Now Available

Each year, Skagit PUD provides its customers with an annual Water Quality Report to let them know how our water quality stacks up against established federal and state drinking water standards.

 
June 19, 2013

Be Water-Wise & Garden Hip with a Painted Rain Barrel

During the summer months it's estimated that nearly 40 percent of household water is used for lawn and garden maintenance.

 
May 14, 2013

Conservation Goals Public Forum

On Tuesday, June 4, the District will hold a public forum to discuss proposed new six-year Water Use Efficiency goals. The public is invited to attend and give feedback on the proposed goals.

 
May 10, 2013

Artists Wanted for Rain Barrel Project

The Skagit River Salmon Festival invites artists to submit a design application to have their artwork featured in the 2013 Artistic Rain Barrel Project.

 
May 3, 2013

District Seeking Web Consultant

Skagit PUD is seeking a firm or individual consultant to provide maintenance and future development of our current company website and other special design projects. The consultant will be engaged on a project basis for a period of one year.

 
February 28, 2013

What's In the Box?

In residential areas, your water meter is usually, but not always, located between the sidewalk and the street, in your front yard area, or in the sidewalk.

 
January 7, 2013

Winter Water-Saving Tips

Just because it's cold and Northwest dreary outside doesn't mean you should stop thinking about using water wisely. Here are five simple water-saving ideas you can use at home to save water this winter:

 
January 2, 2013

2013 Budget Focuses on Keeping Water Flowing

Within Skagit PUD's distribution system, there are hundreds of miles of underground pipes, valves and pumps that help deliver water to homes and businesses every day. As your public utility, it is our obligation to adequately support and maintain this valuable, yet aging, infrastructure.

 
September 7, 2012

Dreaming of a Better Bathroom?

Remodel It With WaterSense. Bathrooms are by far the largest water users in the home, accounting for more than half of all the water that families use indoors. If you are planning to remodel your bathroom, did you know plumbing fixtures are available in a wide variety of colors, models, and prices to help you save water and money?

 
June 1, 2012

Explore Letterbox Trail

It's Skagit Watershed Letterbox Trail time again, with a kick off event on Sunday, June 24 at Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve from 1 ­‑ 4 p.m.

 
April 30, 2012

Monitoring Lead & Copper

Monitoring Skagit PUD's water quality is a very important part of providing safe and reliable water to our customers. As part of this effort, and with the assistance of customers who volunteer their homes as sample sites, lead and copper monitoring is performed by Skagit PUD as required by the US Environmental Protection Agency and Washington state.

 
April 4, 2012

Beat the Leak: Check. Twist. Replace.

Drip. Drip. Drip. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, the average American household wastes more than 10,000 gallons each year from easy-to-fix water leaks—enough water to wash nearly 10 months’ worth of laundry.

 
March 20, 2012

Josh Wilson Road Project Bids Announced

On Tuesday morning, Skagit PUD opened the sealed bids for the Josh Wilson Road Transmission Pipeline Project.

 
March 2, 2012

Invitation to Bid

Skagit PUD is accepting sealed bids for the Josh Wilson Road Transmission Pipeline Project. Each bid shall be placed in a sealed envelope and shall be mailed or delivered to the District office, 1415 Freeway Drive, Mount Vernon, Washington 98273, to arrive no later than 10:00 a.m., March 20, 2012. All complete bids will be opened and publicly read aloud at 10:15 a.m. on the same day.

 
January 9, 2012

Simple Winter Water-Saving Tips

Think about water. It's yours for the taking, 24 hours a day. All you have to do is turn on a faucet. But where does it come from?

 
January 3, 2012

25 Facts About Water

Water needs our help. We have the same amount of water today as we did when the Earth was formed. Constant use and pollution threaten our water resources.

 
November 3, 2011

Save Water, Save Money

According to studies by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average household spends as much as $500 per year on its water and sewer bill.

 
November 3, 2011

Water Availability in Skagit County

Recent closures by the State Department of Ecology of the Carpenter-Fisher subbasins to new well drilling and the potential closure of the Nookachamps Creek subbasin, has raised water availability concerns from impacted property owners.

 
November 2, 2011

Rates at Work in 2012

Skagit PUD's Board approved, on October 25, a rate adjustment of four percent or approximately $1.32 per month for the average residential customer for 2012.

 
October 7, 2011

Voluntary Water Conservation

Due to seasonal low water flow conditions in the Skagit River, the city of Anacortes and Skagit Public Utility District water customers are being asked to reduce voluntarily their water usage by 10 percent.

 
August 19, 2011

Wasting Water is Weird

WaterSense has launched a new public service campaign called "Wasting Water is Weird".

 
August 2, 2011

We’ve Gone Mobile-Friendly!

With the ever greater proliferation of "smart phones," Skagit PUD has launched a mobile-friendly version of its website.

 
August 2, 2011

PUD Wins Gold for Drinking Water Quality

Skagit PUD’s Water Treatment Plant was awarded a Gold Certificate of Achievement from the Washington State Office of Drinking Water for meeting and exceeding strict water quality standards for the past 10 years.

 
July 27, 2011

Powell Drops “Interim GM” Title

Skagit Public Utility District commissioners unanimously approved Tuesday night to remove the interim tag from Bob Powell’s title as general manager.

 
June 3, 2011

Waterline Project on Broad St

Drivers should expect delays starting Monday, June 6 on Broad Street in Mount Vernon from South Ninth Street to South 13th Street as Skagit PUD crews install a 12-inch waterline.

 
May 31, 2011

Rain Barrels 101

What is a rain barrel? A rain barrel is a container that collects and stores rainwater from downspouts and rooftops for future use watering lawns and gardens.

 
May 9, 2011

What’s Inside Your Box?

In residential areas, your water meter is usually, but not always, located between the sidewalk and the street, in your front yard area, or in the sidewalk.

 
May 9, 2011

Pipeline Work on Blackburn Rd

Drivers should expect delays for the next several weeks on Blackburn Road from S. 13th Street to Blodgett Road as Skagit PUD crews install a 12-inch waterline. Work will require the closure of one lane from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

 
April 14, 2011

Earth Day 2011

Since it was first celebrated in 1970, Earth Day is an opportunity to raise awareness and renew efforts for environmental responsibility and energy conservation.

 
April 8, 2011

Japan Earthquake 2011

Following the nuclear power plant emergency in Japan, the Washington State Department of Health began collecting and testing rainwater for the presence of radioactive materials. The earthquake and tsunami on March 11 damaged the reactors and caused radioactive iodine (iodine 131) to be released to the air.

 
March 25, 2011

Flushing Program Keeps Clean Water Flowing

As part of Skagit PUD’s ongoing maintenance and water quality efforts, the PUD conducts a water line flushing program throughout its 600 mile water system.

 
February 16, 2011

Interim GM Appointed

Skagit PUD commissioners approved Tuesday night the appointment of Bob Powell as interim general manager.

 
September 13, 2010

Water & Salmon

At a gaging station near Mount Vernon, the height and flow of the Skagit River is monitored constantly to determine water levels in the river. Based on flow levels during certain times of the year, PUD customers may be asked to reduce their discretionary water usage by 10 percent.