Jefferson: Water tank work continues on Marrowstone Island

NORDLAND — Jefferson County Public Utility District No. 1 and Fort Flagler State Park officials are proceeding with plans to build a water storage tank on Marrowstone Island.

Utility Manager Jim Parker met with Park Manager Mike Zimmerman, Park Facilities Engineer and Parametrics Consulting’s Neal Bass on Wednesday to review the project.

Bremerton-based Parametric Consulting is designing the project.

“It looked attractive to both sides,” Zimmerman said after the meeting. “We’re looking at what would work best for the funds that are available.

The state originally planned to build a 170,000 gallon tank to improve fire protection to Fort Flagler’s historic district.

Utility officials then approached the state about collaborating on a larger tank to serve areas outside the park.

But some Nordland-area residents voiced concern a larger tank would ultimately lead to construction of a water system and more development on the six-mile-long island.

“There’s no intent on the side of the utility or the park to bring a water system to private residents,” Zimmerman said. “The utility is positioning itself so that if and when residents petition for a water system, they wouldn’t need to build another tank.

Utility Commissioner Ken McMillen said he has received 40 telephone calls supporting the water tank and one opposing e-mail.

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