July 9, 2020Here to Serve Our Entire Community
Clean water is essential to the pursuit of health and happiness and King County Water District No. 90 exists to provide these services to everyone in our community. We serve a diverse population and we want to communicate to you, our customers, that we support equality. As an organization, and as individuals who live and work here, serving all customers in the community equally is our top priority.
December 15, 2020Resources for Customers Seeking Assistance
This list of resources is available to customers who may need help with utilities, rent, food, etc. We encourage you to pursue these options if you are struggling and need some help.
1. Bellevue LifeSpring
Belleve LifeSpring helps with food, clothing, and emergency rent assistance.
2. Disaster Cash Assistance Program (DCAP)
DCAP is available to families or individuals without children who face an emergency and don’t have the money to meet their basic needs. This program is available only once within a 12-month period.
To apply online: visit WashingtonConnection.org and then call 877-501-2233 to complete the required interview. To apply by phone: call 877-501-2233 to complete the entire application process over the phone.
Housing, transportation, family development, financial assistance, employment programs, and five food banks.
4. Issaquah Community Services (ICS)
Available to residents living within the Issaquah School District. Issaquah Community Services (ICS) helps families with emergency aid to prevent homelessness with rent assistance. It may help pay utility bills, bus tickets and other miscellaneous expenses. Payment is given on behalf of the client; cash is never given.
5. King County 24-Hour Crisis Line
The 24-Hour Crisis Line provides immediate help to individuals, families, and friends of people in emotional crisis.
6. King County Food Banks
7. King County Housing Authority (KCHA)
KCHA provides rental housing and rental assistance.
8. Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
LIHEAP helps low-income households with their home energy bills.
9. Renton Salvation Army
Electric: (425) 255-5969, Ext. 13
Rent: (425) 255-5969, Ext. 14
10. St. Vincent De Paul
Requests for assistance with rent, utilities, food, etc.
January 1, 2017Preventing Frozen Pipes
Freezing weather often approaches unexpectedly and many organizations find themselves unprepared. Organizations with buildings located in a moderate climate are often more at risk of facing frozen pipes and water damage due to the lack of experience or attention given to cold weather preparation.
When water freezes, it expands up to ten percent in volume. It is important to note that fire sprinkler pipes tend to freeze before other water pipes because the water is not moving. When water freezes in a sprinkler pipe, it creates an obstruction that can make the system inoperable during a fire. As ice in the pipe expands, added pressure can cause the pipe to burst.
As freezing temperatures approach, the following guidelines will help organizations identify areas venerable to freezing conditions and provide tips for prevention of frozen pipes.
Prior to Cold Weather:
- Develop a water intrusion plan that includes winterization.
- Identify buildings, equipment, processes and piping (wet and dry) that are dependent upon heat (or above freezing temperatures) for safety and proper operation; this may include sprinkler piping, domestic water piping, sewer piping and any process that contains a liquid vulnerable to freezing.
- Minimize the exterior openings to all buildings, especially vacant buildings.
- Drain liquids from any idle equipment and piping where appropriate.
During Cold Weather:
- Monitor weather temperatures in vulnerable areas. Critical operations and areas should be monitored with low temperature alarms connected to a monitoring station.
- Close windows, vents and doors of buildings and insulate where possible. Tarps may be used to provide temporary wind breaks.
- Increase security rounds in areas that are susceptible to pipe freezing and water damage.
- Maintain an inside temperature above 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Place portable heaters in areas that may be subject to freezing. Conduct routine inspections of portable heaters.
NOTE: Fires often result from the misuse of temporary heaters. When purchasing or renting a temporary heater, the heater should carry the Underwriters Laboratories listed label. Temporary heaters also should have standard safety controls, such as high-temperature cut-outs, flame supervision, flame failure and preset safety regulators. Heaters must be placed away from combustible materials and operated according to manufactures instructions.
In the event all efforts fail to keep a building heated and temperatures drop below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, it may be necessary to shut off and completely drain wet pipe fire sprinkler systems to prevent further damage. Any sprinkler system shut down must be done for the shortest possible duration and fire system impairment procedures must be followed.
- If pipes freeze, turn off the water supply and repair the damaged piping. If the frozen pipe is part of a fire sprinkler system, Fire Impairment Procedures should be implemented.
- Do not use open flames to thaw frozen pipes or other equipment.
Should you have further questions on cold weather preparation for you building, please do not hesitate to contact Alliant Risk Control Consulting at RiskControl@Alliant.com.