In 1975, Whatcom Water District #13 was established by a vote of the local community to serve the recreational development of Peaceful Valley. Since that time, this area has been evolving into a full time residential community, and the District has likewise evolved to provide both water and wastewater (sewer) service to homeowners throughout the Peaceful Valley and Maple Falls, Washington area.
HISTORY OF THE DISTRICT
Shortly after we were established, the original developer of Peaceful Valley went bankrupt and left the District in a severe financial crisis. For several years the District was involved in bankruptcy and associated legal proceedings.
In September 1998, a reorganization plan was approved by the court, and the District was able to satisfy all of its bankruptcy-related financial obligations. The District is now in sound financial shape.
From our earliest days of operation, the District has proactively planned for increased growth. From 1975 until the early 2000s, there were no major changes to the system. In June 2003, a new well was installed and brought online to position us to meet future demands. In 2011, the District replaced eight water valves throughout the system. In 2014, both reservoirs were cleaned and minor repairs were completed. Backflow preventers were added at our Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Green Valley Lift Station in 2014, and a new commodity water rate structure was adopted in 2019.
Our Board is comprised of five publicly-elected Commissioners, each serving a 6-year term.
Our ongoing gratitude to Phil Cloward for his years of dedication and service.