PUD Moving Forward on Plan to Transfer Fidalgo Island Water System

Posted Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Skagit PUD Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday night to authorize General Manager George Sidhu to negotiate an agreement with the city of Anacortes for the transfer of the Fidalgo Island water system.

Over the next several weeks, PUD and city of Anacortes staff plan to work through details of a transfer agreement and bring back a proposal for board approval.

Transferring the Fidalgo Island system to Anacortes will improve maintenance and emergency response times and result in economic and water service-related efficiencies in the continued operation, maintenance and improvement. This benefits Skagit PUD, Anacortes and the Fidalgo Island water system ratepayers.

The Fidalgo Island system provides water to the residents of Similk and Dewey Beach, Gibralter, Fidalgo Heights and Summit Park serving 732 residential and commercial connections. Currently, water is purchased through an interconnection with the city of Anacortes, with the source being the Skagit River in Mount Vernon. Water is filtered and chlorinated at the Anacortes water treatment plant on Riverbend Road.

The Fidalgo Island water system was established in 1956 when residents of several Similk Bay-area neighborhoods established Local Utility District No. 2 and asked Skagit PUD to build and operate the water system, to be funded by water rates. The system expanded in 1961 to include Gibralter and Dewey Beach.