Submitted by the Town of Friday Harbor
The Town of Friday Harbor has temporarily suspended water sales to outside water haulers from the San Juan County Public Works yard due to a temporary capacity shortage. The town is working on the water transmission line, which requires multiple scheduled shutdowns of the raw water line from Trout Lake to the treatment plant. The plant is at maximum capacity, but with high usage and interruptions, outside sales of water must be temporarily discontinued. Water levels at Trout Lake are excellent and this is anticipated to be a relatively short-term problem.
Residents and businesses are requested to conserve water over the next week to maintain levels in the two main water reservoirs. Minimize watering lawns and gardens and avoid washing motor vehicles. Conservation may end on Aug. 9, pending further review by the water department. Water tank haulers may contact Roche Harbor Water Company to purchase water during this interim water sales restrictions. Direct questions to Town Administrator Duncan Wilson at 622-2040.