District Office
27224 144th Ave SE
Kent, WA 98042
253-631-3770  Office
253-859-6870  After Hours
253-631-8072  Fax
Water District #111, King County
Mission Statement

Dedicated to provide the best quality water to the Lake Meridian area at the lowest possible price.

Get Acrobat Reader


Articles & Information

Effect of City of Kent Franchise Fee

On May 25th, at 9:30 am a public hearing was held at the offices of King County Water District No. 111 to discuss the proposed adjustment of the District's service rates and charges on District customers located within the City of Kent. The Kent City Council enacted an ordinance at the April 4, 2017, Council Meeting granting the District a franchise to operate, maintain and replace water facilities within City rights-of-way, subject to the District’s payment of a six (6) percent franchise fee to the City. The District Board of Commissioners accepted the terms and conditions of the franchise by Resolution No. 617-05-17 and then scheduled the public hearing on the proposed adjustment of District service rates and charges to pass through the City’s franchise fee and applicable taxes.

Chris Hall, the District General Manager, reported notice of the public hearing had been included on the District’s web site, posted at the District office, and published in the Seattle Times, the District’s newspaper of record, on May 16 and 17, 2017, and included in the newspapers classified ads for the week of May 16 – 22, 2017.

Hall also reported on the applicable excise tax the District would have to remit to the State of Washington Department of Revenue on the additional revenue if the Board approved the six percent increase/pass-through. He recommended the Board approve the pass-through of the six percent, given the alternative the City has the legal right to charge the District an unlimited business and occupation tax on the District’s revenues derived from customers located within the City, but would forbear that right if the District accepted the six percent franchise fee. It was also his understanding the City presently charges its own water customers approximately thirteen (13) percent on water service payments. Therefore, he felt it was in the District’s customers’ best interest to pay the lesser franchise fee.

Commissioner Hanis then requested public comment on the proposed service rate adjustment to pass through the City’s franchise fee. As there were no public comments, Commissioner Hanis then closed the portion of the public hearing for public comment. Following discussion, Commissioner Wilson made the motion to adjust the District’s water service rates applicable to District customers located within the City of Kent by six (6) percent, including applicable State excise tax, to pass through the City’s franchise fee, by the adoption of Resolution No. 618-05-17. Commissioner Cline seconded the motion, which carried unanimously. The franchise fee will apply to all District customer water usage commencing mid-July, 2017, for all billings on and after October 1, 2017. The Board then directed District staff to notify customers as soon as possible of the service rate adjustment due to the Kent franchise fee on the District’s web site, newsletter and future billings.

Engineering Services Request for Qualifications




I.              General:  King County Water District No. 111 (District) is a special purpose water district organized and operating in accordance with Title 57 RCW in King County, Washington.  It is located on the East Kent Plateau providing water service to customers located within the Cities of Kent, Covington and Auburn. The District is soliciting Statements of Qualifications (SOQ) from qualified consulting/engineering firms to provide to the District on call/support professional engineering and related services in accordance with chapter 39.80 RCW (RFQ). The District’s engineering services include, but are not limited to, the following:


A; General engineering.

B; Water System Design and System Comprehensive Planning.

C; Construction Management.

D: Developer Extension Services.

E; Surveying

F; Environmental Reviews and Project Permitting

G; Electrical Engineering Services.

H; Structural Design

                    I; GIS and mapping services

J; Representation at District and Interagency meetings


II.            Term of Contract:  The District shall enter into a one-year contract with the selected consulting/engineering firm.  The contract may be renewed, at the District’s sole discretion, for up to two successive one-year terms.


III.           Evaluation of Proposals:  Selection criteria shall include, but not be limited to:

A; Designated firm contact and staff proposed to work with the District with brief statement of professional qualifications necessary for satisfactory performance of required services;

B; Specialized experience and technical competence in the type of work required

C: Previous experience providing on call/support services to government agencies in the central Puget Sound area.

D: Statement of firm’s capacity to provide all requested services in a timely manner for the duration of the contract.


IV.          Contents of Proposals:  Each firm submitting a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) must submit five (5) written copies of its SOQ, plus one electronic copy to the District.  The SOQ shall include sufficient information of the firm’s qualifications, proposed personnel who will do the work, local knowledge and experience, references and any other information deemed prudent for the District to evaluate the firm’s qualifications to provide on call services.   The SOQ shall not exceed Ten (10) pages, plus a cover letter not exceeding two (2) pages.


V.            Terms and Conditions:  The District shall not be responsible for any costs incurred by the respondent(s) in preparing, submitting, or presenting its SOQ or participating in the interview process. The responding firm shall bear all costs relating to the SOQ, including time in preparation of an SOQ, copies submitted, and time spent in interviews or negotiation with the District prior to final selection. Nothing contained herein shall require the District to enter into exclusive negotiations and the District reserves the right to amend, alter and revise its criteria in the selection of a respondent without notice. The District reserves the right to request clarification of information submitted and to request additional information from any respondent. The District will not accept any submittal after the time and date specified on this RFQ. The qualifications of each member of the firm are important criteria in the selection process. The District, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to accept or reject proposed changes to the members of the firm providing services to the District.  The selected firm must agree not to perform any engineering services to developers, businesses, or anyone for project(s) or services within the District which would cause or potentially cause a conflict of interest in representing the District.


VI.          Submittal of Proposals The written proposals shall be submitted to District by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 16, 2018, addressed to:


Chris Hall, General Manager

King County Water District No. 111

27224 144th SE

Kent, WA 98042


The electronic copy of the proposal shall be submitted by email to chall@wd111.com no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 16, 2018.   


Both written and electronic copy of the proposal must be timely delivered for applicant to be considered by the District.  Faxed proposals will not be considered.


VII.       Selection of Most Qualified Firm:   The District shall evaluate the SOQs submitted and may conduct interviews with one or more firms regarding qualifications and performance data. The District shall then select the firm deemed to be the most highly qualified to provide the required services and negotiate a contract with that firm at a price the District determines is fair and reasonable to the District. If the District is unable to negotiate a satisfactory contract with the firm selected at a price the District determines to be fair and reasonable, negotiations with that firm shall be formally terminated and the District shall select the next most qualified firm and negotiate a contract with that firm until agreement is reached or the process is terminated.


VIII.      Schedule:  Interviews of selected firms may be scheduled on April 13 or April 16, 2018, with negotiations with the firm deemed to be the most highly qualified to provide the required services thereafter, with a proposed contract for the requested services to be considered by the District Board of Commissioners for award at the regular Board meeting of April 26, 2018. The contract is anticipated to commence May 1, 2018.



IX.        Rejection of Proposals: The District reserves the right to reject any or all proposals received.

Published:     February 22, 2018.

Watermain Flushing

The Water District will be performing intermittent watermain flushing for the next 6 months.  You may experience discolored water for a brief period of time once your service is restored.  If necessary, flush the cold water for 3-4 minutes and the water should clear.  If the discoloration continues, please call 253-631-3770 or after hours 253-859-6870. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

top of page

internet wd111.com