Valley Water Services (VWS)
VALLEY Water Services (VALLEY) was organized in 2008 to become a Satellite Management Agency (SMA) for management and operation of Group A and B Public Water Systems. VALLEY was founded by Dwight Laurvick and Bennett Osborne by combining their existing 25 Public Water Systems, for which they were contract operators. Currently, VALLEY is responsible for 766 connections serving a population of over 2,000 people.
To provide clean, healthy drinking water to small, rural public water systems throughout Central Washington on a consistent, financially-sound basis.
SERVICE AREA - refer to attached map
General written description of SMA Service Area
VALLEY will serve the counties surrounding the loop beginning in Yakima heading South on US 97, Interstate 82, Hwy 395, Hwy 17, and Hwy 28 back to US 97 and all counties serviced in that loop. The actual border of the service area is the outside County boundaries of Yakima , Klickitat, Benton , Franklin , Grant, Adams, Douglas, Chelan and Kittitas Counties . The area goes from the cities of Yakima to Goldendale to White Salmon to Finley to Connell to Ritzville to Chelan to Leavenworth to Easton to Ellensburg to Selah, Naches and all points in between. This large service area is necessary since we currently manage water systems in each of these counties. Although this is a very large geographical area, it will be serviced through an ever -expanding network of operators to ensure that all water systems, no matter how remote, receive equal and consistent care for each connection and emergency help is always within 1 hour.
VALLEY Water Services is a joint-owned subsidiary of Valley Environmental Services, LLC.
It is owned and operated on a joint basis by Dwight Laurvick and Bennett Osborne.
VALLEY Water Services
Bennett K. Osborne
201 East D St .
Yakima , WA 98901
Office: (509) 575 - 3999
Toll free: (877) 242 - 3999
Fax: (509) 575 - 3068
Cell: Bennett (509) 833 - 5003
VALLEY currently manages water systems ranging in size from 5 connections up to 144 connections, and is willing to accept any size system, depending on the following criteria. Potential PWS's must be operating with a green permit, or at least be able to obtain a green permit within a month. The system must be serviced by one or more wells; no surface water systems will be accepted at this time. The potential system should have a well-established water association with a reliable president or on-site resident that is willing and able to assist VALLEY with everyday operations. The association must be willing to allow input and suggestions regarding financial status including a plan for water system maintenance, regular testing, treatment, system upgrades, new connections, failing water systems and financing options. As VALLEY expands into ownership options, the SMA will encourage struggling water systems to transfer ownership to VALLEY to gain greater financial stability and ensure exemplary future operations. The system should have a minimum of $2500 in current reserves and assign about 20% of water use fees for future problems. VALLEY will participate in financing options only when VALLEY is the sole owner of said water system.
VALLEY currently charges for services on a contractual basis based on population to each individual PWS. VALLEY manages some finances for some of the systems through independent bank accounts. Currently, each PWS is billed on a monthly basis depending on hours, testing fees, mileage and off-hours work performed. Some residents are billed directly for collection through Olympic Credit. VALLEY also has the available resources of Valley Labs and Independent Water, including reserve accounts and cash accounts.
VALLEY currently offers the following services for water systems:
Operations & Maintenance - primary responsibility Dwight Laurvick and Bennett Osborne
Water Quality Sampling & Testing - All testing performed by Valley Labs
State Reporting - monthly reports and permit compliance
Treatment System Design, Installation & Maintenance - Independent Water Services