Skagit PUD Wins State Water-Quality Award

Posted Thursday, March 12, 2020

The Washington Department of Health’s Office of Drinking Water recently included Skagit PUD in its list of top-performing water utilities that draw from surface-water sources.

Surface water, taken from streams and rivers, typically requires more filtration and treatment than groundwater withdrawn by wells because of surface water’s greater susceptibility to runoff and other forms of pollution.

Skagit PUD won Health’s Platinum Award for 15 or more consecutive years of optimal performance of the PUD’s Judy Reservoir water supply system. The award recognizes Skagit’s achievement of optimal water quality since 2001.

Health determines the award-winners by assessing how well surface-water utilities use filtration to remove turbidity (particles) from their water before it goes to customers. Maintaining low turbidity is a key part of protecting consumers from microbial contaminants and safeguarding public health.