Update to Water System Operating Status from DoH

Dear Glacier Springs and Glacier Green property owners,

We are writing with an update on our water system.

The Washington State Department of Health (DoH) recently downgraded our water system operating permit from “green” to “blue,” which, unfortunately, means no new water connections can be approved at this time. Anyone planning to connect to our water system, such as property owners with undeveloped lots without existing water hook-ups, will not be able to until we resolve our water issues.

The blue designation means that our system is “substantially in compliance” except that it does not meet design approval or has exceeded the number of approved connections, according to the DoH. Placement in this category means the system is adequate for existing uses, but not adequate for growth, i.e., adding more users. For more information, see the DOH website.

Please note that our boil water advisory is still in effect, and we continue to work diligently with our partners to repair the existing spring box source and investigate other water sources that won’t affect our water rights.

We recognize that this news is disappointing and frustrating, to say the least, for those in our community who will have to delay plans to build homes on their lots. Please be assured that the board is working as diligently and quickly as we can to repair the spring boxes that were damaged last year and explore alternate water sources and treatment options, as well as financing possibilities.

For the most up-to-date, accurate information on the water system, please refer to the GSPOA website https://glaciersprings.org/news/. Since not all property owners use or have access to social media, we will post to the website and send the same information through email.

Thank you.


Reminder: Boil Water Advisory (BWA) Still in Effect

Hello, GSPOA Owners – You likely also just received this message via email (if you have provided one) from info@glaciersprings.org, but we wanted to re-post here to ensure that everyone sees the notice.
From our routine testing of the water system, trace amounts of chloroform/E. Coli were found in samples taken on Tuesday, 6/4.  We have done a second sampling on 6/7, and just received verbal results this afternoon for that repeat water sampling. We have one hit at the source for coliform. Based on the Washington Administrative Code, one E. coli hit plus one coliform hit equals a confirmed E. coli sample and an official boil water advisory notification is required within 24 hrs.
A reminder that Glacier Springs remains under a boil water advisory.
If you have any questions, please email info@glaciersprings.org. Thank you for your continued diligence.

GSPOA Owner Information on Washington Department of Ecology Adjudication – Whatcom County Superior Court

By now, most Glacier Springs property owners likely have received a notice in the mail from the Washington Department of Ecology regarding an adjudication filed in Whatcom County Superior Court. The process will inventory all legal water rights and usage in Nooksack River system, which includes Glacier Springs. Please note that individual property owners in Glacier Springs do not need to take any action or respond to a summons, instructions or claim forms in this case.
Our community’s water rights belong to the Glacier Springs Property Owners Association – not to individual property owners – and as administrators, the board will manage the summons and claims form response. According to the Department of Ecology, the adjudication does not involve claims for damages and is the foundation for resolving conflicts and competition over water resources by establishing who has the right to use water, in what quantity, and in what order of seniority.
In addition, this adjudication is not at all related to our current boil water advisory and water system.
For more information about this case, please refer to the Department of Ecology.
Let us know if you have any questions.
Thank you.
GSPOA Board or Directors