Freeland Water & Sewer
District Works on Feasibility of New Sewer System
The Freeland Water and Sewer District is tasked by the
Washington State Growth Management Act wtih developing plans
for population growth in Freeland.
In 2011, the funding for a new sewer
system for Freeland by means of a Local Improvement District
failed to materialize. In March 2012, the FWSD Board
of Commissioners asked its engineer to investigate
alternative plans for a sewage treatment plant and water
reuse system. Below is information from the 2011 plan.
As development of a new plan emerges, this page will be
Developing a sewer system for Freeland
is designed to meet two primary objectives:
1) Support planned growth by creating opportunities within
Freeland’s urban core.
2) Create high quality reclaimed water for irrigation and
potential groundwater recharge.
As a secondary objective:
1) Assist Island
County Department of Health to correct poorly performing
Building a wastewater system requires a significant
investment of time and money, and a private/public funding
partnership will be needed.
The District is actively pursuing state and federal funding
sources, including the Department of Ecology Water Quality
grant/loan programs, Centennial Clean Water Fund, Clean
Water State Revolving Fund, and the U.S. Department of
Agriculture – Rural Development.
In addition, property owners who would directly benefit from
the development on sewer will eventually need to contribute
to the costs of developing and maintaining a sewer and water
reuse system. The most likely means of assessing property
owners will come from the formation of a Local Improvement
Public Involvement is Key to Successful Planning
The Freeland Water and Sewer District is actively enlisting
the input of citizens, local government officials, business
and interest groups to develop a cost effective and
environmentally sound sewer system.
Citizen Advisory Committee has been formed to review
sewer project plans and make recommendations to FWSD.
interested in volunteering on the Citizen Advisory
Committee should call (360) 331-5566 or