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Published on Friday, January 17, 2014

Senate committee hears about potential costs for new water quality standards

The Senate Environment, Energy & Telecommunications committee held a work session on January 16 highlighting a study co-sponsored by AWC, the Association of Washington Business and the Washington State Association of Counties which looked at the availability and cost of technology to meet new water quality standards under consideration by the Department of Ecology (commonly referred to as the fish consumption rules). We reported on this study previously here.

In addition to the study, AWC’s Carl Schroeder provided some specific examples from the City of Bellingham regarding the potential cost and ratepayer impacts to that city if they were forced to try to meet these standards with a technological solution. They estimate a cost of $1 – $1.8 billion dollars and potential residential sewer rates as high as $200-$250 per month.