The Washington Association of Sewer & Water Districts has recognized Sen. Ann Rivers for her outstanding support of special purpose sewer & water districts.
Rivers has been a tireless champion of the Public Works Trust Fund. The Fund is an innovative state program that provides low cost loans to build infrastructure delivering safe drinking water and protecting water quality. Since the program was initiated in 1985, almost 100 projects have been constructed in Clark County, partially funded by $217 million in low cost loans from the Fund. Rivers’ continued support for this fiscally responsible program means low cost loans through the Public Works Trust Fund can continue to build the critical projects to protect the public, while keeping utility rates affordable.
A plaque recognizing Rivers was presented on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at the Clark Regional Wastewater District office in Vancouver.
Founded in 1995, the Washington Association of Sewer & Water Districts represents the state’s special purpose sewer and water districts. These districts provide services to 30% of the population in Washington. There are 176 special purpose sewer and water districts in the state.
One of the Association’s roles is to provide education and training to elected district commissioners and continuing education classes for general managers and certified operators of water and wastewater treatment plants. It also fosters increased communication between members and encourages standardization of water and sewer methods and services bringing benefits to ratepayers. Finally, the Association represents the interests of special purpose districts in the Washington legislature and with state and local regulatory agencies.