The City of Anacortes Blue Heron water reservoir booster station is comprised of a pump station and two 1.5-million-gallon reservoirs.
Water to this station comes from the water treatment plant on River Bend Road in Mount Vernon and supplies water throughout the City of Anacortes.
Construction of the two reservoirs started in July 2017 and was completed in early 2018. The project consisted of building one 1.5-million-gallon tank west of an existing reservoir, demolishing that original tank and then building a second 1.5-million-gallon tank on its foundation site.
When the second tank was filled with water remotely from the Water Treatment Plant in late February 2018, it took 7 hours at a rate of 4,000 gallons per minute. Water quality testing was done and the tank put into operation mid-March 2018.
The project was completed by Stellar J Corp. of Woodland for approximately $5 million, paid for with a loan from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.
The two new tanks replaced a 40-year-old, 3-million-gallon tank that was showing signs of structural degradation. Two tanks as opposed to only one at this location provides backup in the case of an emergency and during routine maintenance.