Senator Mullet & Representative Ryu receive Outstanding Legislator Awards

Renton, Washington (July 25, 2023) The Washington Association of Sewer & Water Districts (WASWD) is pleased to present two Outstanding Legislator Awards this year, to Senator Mark Mullet (D-Issaquah), and Representative Cindy Ryu (D-Shoreline).
Both Senator Mullet and Representative Ryu were responsible for significant efforts to ensure the success of special purpose water and sewer districts in the state of Washington, which in turn provides positive outcomes for utility customers.
As a small business owner, previous Issaquah City Council member, and a senator for over a decade, Senator Mullet’s current position as Vice-Chair of the Ways and Means Committee has been key to negotiating the capital budget, including several efforts with specific benefits to special purpose utility districts.
WASWD is especially grateful for Senator Mullet’s long-standing leadership and commitment to accessible low-cost loans for infrastructure. His negotiations for funding Washington state’s Public Works Assistance Account (PWAA) this year brought back funding for infrastructure after years of funds being diverted, giving local districts and other government agencies access to affordable, low-interest infrastructure financing for 2023 and 2024. The Senator’s attempt to amend the state’s constitution to ensure PWAA loan repayments are no longer diverted to other purposes would have guaranteed ongoing solvency and availability of the fund, had it passed. In addition, he was instrumental in supporting funds that enabled the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) found in the Lower Issaquah Valley this year.
From her initial involvement as a Shoreline City Council Member and Mayor, to her election to the House in 2010, Representative Ryu has focused on community development and consumer protection—core tenets shared by special purpose utility districts.
Her efforts this past session included sponsoring and shepherding legislation to provide equal treatment for all local governments undertaking public works procurement processes. Despite not serving on the House Local Government Committee, she negotiated with her colleagues on that committee to secure strong bi-partisan support for the bill. Thanks to Representative Ryu’s support, the bill was signed by the Governor on May 4, 2023, allowing special purpose districts the same conditions for performing work in-house, which will ultimately save on ratepayer bills.
Award ceremonies were held for Representative Ryu on June 29 at North City Water District in Shoreline, and for Senator Mullet on July 24 at WASWD’s headquarters in Renton, Washington. On behalf of all the special purpose sewer and water districts serving 25% of the population in our state, WASWD extends our sincere appreciation.

Sewer And Water Districts:
  • Governed by elected commissioners.
  • Managed by certified professionals
  • Funded by rates and fees, not taxes.
  • Dedicated to water conservation through rates, metering, consumer education and system efficiencies.
  • Operate in compliance with State and Federal safe drinking water regulations and the Clean Water Act
  • Coordinate with Cities and counties to meet land-use planning and economic goals in the region.
Judi Gladstone
Executive Director
900 SW 16th Street, Suite 305,
Renton, WA 98057

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