State Senate unanimously approves Rep. Dent’s bill allowing municipalities more flexibility in managing water storage assets

House Bill 1989, which would allow municipalities to contract for asset management services for their water storage assets, unanimously passed the state Senate March 25.

The bill was sponsored by Rep. Tom Dent, R-Moses Lake, on behalf of the city of Quincy, which is seeking to procure long-term maintenance service contracts for their water storage assets. Doing so would provide stability to the city's budgeting, and long-term management agreements – as opposed to contracting out for each individual service need – would save tax dollars.

A water storage asset is defined as the water storage structure and associated distribution systems, such as the water tank, tower, well, meter or water filter.

“This bill provides an opportunity for municipalities to manage their own water storage assets, and to do so in a fiscally responsible way,” said Dent. “A lot of small cities and towns stand to benefit from the cost savings that would come from this legislation.”

Before being approved by the full Senate, the bill was amended in the Agriculture, Water and Rural Economic Development Committee to add emphasis to the voluntary nature of the act. The bill now heads back to the state House of Representatives for concurrence.

The 105-day legislative session is scheduled to adjourn April 26.

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