Washington officials oppose island proposals for rainwater

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — County planning officials in Washington state have opposed changes to restrictions on using rain as a primary water source for an island community. The Skagit Valley Herald reported the Skagit County Planning and Development Services Department advised county commissioners against the proposals for Guemes Island. Members of the Guemes Island Planning Advisory Committee proposed amendments to relax regulations on using rainwater as a domestic water source and to enforce existing code requiring pre-approval to dig new wells. County policy on rainwater catchment systems requires review from an engineer, which the island committee seeks to remove through the amendments.