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Welcome to

WHATCOM COUNTY WATER DISTRICT #13

A Special Purpose Water and Sewer District
Serving the homes and businesses of
Peaceful Valley / Maple Falls, Washington since 1975

Open Tuesdays and Thursdays

9:00 am to 4:00 pm

ABOUT WCWD #13

Originally established in 1975 to to serve the recreational development of Peaceful Valley, Washington, Whatcom County Water District #13 has since evolved to provide both water and sewer service to a full time residential community in and around Peaceful and Maple Falls, Washington.

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ATTEND OUR BOARD MEETINGS

Our Board of Commissioners hold a regularly scheduled public meeting at 6pm on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Our next meeting is scheduled for the following date:

Tuesday January 24, 2023
Starting at 6:00 pm
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NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

'Tis the Season for Expensive Clogged Sewer Lines due to Fats, Oils, and Grease ("FOG")... and Flushable Wipes Too!

Roasted meat juice, salad dressing, butter or frying oil residue, leftover dips and more... these can cause expensive sewer line back-ups—both in your home and on the street.

 

ALWAYS pour excess Fats Oils and Grease ("FOG") into an empty soup can or paper cup, freeze until solid, and dispose in the garbage. Then wipe down dishes, post and pans with paper towels to remove the remaining FOG before washing.

 

Yes, dish soap emulsifies grease, but it does NOT break it down in your pipes, no matter how much hot water your run.

 

And the problem gets even worse if you flush disposable wipes down your toilet... compounded by freezing winter weather!

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How to Avoid Frozen Pipes This Winter

  • Disconnect and drain garden hoses. If you have a yard sprinkler system, drain and blow out the system completely.

  • Insulate exterior pipes and faucets with foam covers from the hardware store. You can also use newspaper, rags, or insulating material, then cover with plastic and secure with string or wire. 

  • Insulate interior pipes and faucets that are located in cold areas of your home (including unheated attics, basements, garages and crawl spaces) the same way as Step 2.

  • Locate your home’s main water shut-off valve and test it prior to an emergency, so you know how to stop excessive water loss and flooding if a pipe breaks. Use a wrench to turn it firmly but gently in a clockwise direction.

  • On extra cold nights, open the doors of closets or cabinets that are located near water pipes on your home’s exterior walls.

  • If you don’t mind a slightly higher utility bill, let one indoor faucet slowly drip warm water overnight during spells of below-freezing temperatures. Just don’t do this in a house that will be vacant for an extended time.

  • For maximum protection, apply caulk around incoming pipes, and close or block your home’s foundation vents during the coldest months (just be sure to open them up once the threat of freezing has passed, to prevent dry rot).

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