In February 2010, an agreement for operating and testing of the artesian well was reached between the City of Olympia, Thurston Public Utility District, and Diamond Parking. Thurston PUD managed the water system by collecting and testing water samples. The City bought the property from Diamond Parking in August 2010 and beginning in November 2010, took over ownership, management and testing of the well from Thurston PUD.
Local Support for Artesian Wells
A citizen group called Friends of the Artesian formed in 1996 to preserve and protect Olympia’s heritage of publicly accessible artesian wells and promote good stewardship of the resource. They worked towards promoting a permanent well site and keeping the water flowing. This group disbanded in 2008.
With the disbanding of the Friends of the Artesians, H2Olympia formed. This is a grassroots community organization, dedicated to ensuring public access to free-flowing Artesian well water in the Olympia area. For more information about H2Olympia, visit www.h2olympia.org.
- A survey was conducted in January of 2009 to see how much the well was being utilized. To learn more, download a copy of the January 2009 Washington Conservation Corp survey.