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Duvall Adopts Emergency Interim Sewer Connection Certificate Moratorium

Posted on Sep 24, 2021 in:
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On Tuesday, September 21, the Duvall City Council adopted a citywide six-month interim emergency moratorium on the issuance of most sewer connection certificates. The moratorium does not apply to the urban growth area. The city began an overall sewer system capacity and CIP Plan review and recommendations in 2018 and recently started discussing overall wastewater capacity given continued growth. The city stated initial review of capacity confirmed the city’s current process flows plus approved pipeline projects will bring the city to full capacity without improvements by 2025. However, the city says it has reached capacity sooner than expected with continued growth and is now at capacity a year or two earlier.
 
The city is basing capacity on daily sampling of influent and permits received through development and says it has been planning for improvements through collection of rates and fees specifically calculated for projects on its CIP list. The city says it can afford the necessary improvements and expects to engage a design engineering firm within the next four months to begin the design process. The existing Wastewater Treatment Plant was last upgraded in 2004, and the city has much of the operational pieces in place. Total improvements do not need operational permits from Department of Ecology and different stages should be completed between 1-3 years.
 
The city may schedule a public hearing within 60-days of adopting the emergency moratorium but has not yet done so. If you have specific questions about the moratorium, issuance of wastewater certificates, or status of projects, please contact Steve Leniszewski, Public Works Director, 425.939.8042.  See also
Moratorium FAQ.

For more information, please contact rbc@mbaks.com.

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