PUD Opens Anacortes Interties, Chlorine Smell in Water More Prevalent

Posted Thursday, March 12, 2020

Starting August 13, Skagit PUD will open three intertie connections with the city of Anacortes to supplement our water system through the end of the month.

In May, the Department of Ecology (DOE) and Governor Jay Inslee declared drought conditions in the Skagit River Water Resources Area 3 (WRIA 3).

Skagit County Drainage & Irrigation Improvement District #15 and Consolidated Diking Imrpovement District #22 approached Skagit PUD in early August and asked to utilize a portion of our water right on a temporary emergency basis to help with crop irrigation. Skagit PUD worked with DOE  to secure a Temporary Drought Change Authorization to "reduce hardships on downstream water users arising from drought conditions."

Skagit PUD is partnering with the city of Anacortes to offset the impacts to our Judy Reservoir water supply by opening the intertie connections between our two systems.

Skagit PUD will receive water from three intertie locations: Riverbend Road, Avon Allen Road, and Fredonia. Some customers may notice a slight chlorine smell in their water. This is due to Anacortes' disinfection process that uses "free" chlorine, which then interacts with water from Skagit PUD's Judy Reservoir System.

Free chlorine refers to both hypochlorous acid (HOCl) and the hypochlorite (OCl-) ion or bleach, and is commonly added to water systems for disinfection. The mixing of different water chemistries can create a stronger chlorine odor.

Nevertheless, the water is perfectly safe to drink, and meets or exceeds Federal and State standards for drinking water. 

Affected areas will be Bayview, the Skagit Golf and Country Club area, Burlington, Mount Vernon, and West Mount Vernon.

For questions, please contact our water quality department at (360) 848-2135.