Water System Plan for 2009-2014
The City of Olympia delivers high quality drinking water to nearly 55,000 people through about 19,000 connections every day.
Have you ever wondered what all is involved in accomplishing that feat, and how the City can accommodate more connections as our community grows? Learn more - visit our Water System Plan web page to review the Plan online or to download chapters and appendices in a printer-friendly (PDF) format.
The Plan presents both a 50-year vision and a six-year plan for efficiently using regional water resources to ensure safe and sustainable drinking water for the City's growing needs.
The Plan is used by City staff to accomplish goals around efficient use and protection of current water supplies, to ensure future supplies, maintain a reliable water system infrastructure, and manage the Drinking Water Utility in a fiscally responsible manner. The Plan also highlights past accomplishments and current priorities.
The Plan addresses:
- New sources of water supply
- Groundwater protection
- Water conservation
- Use of reclaimed water
- Capital projects to improve system infrastructure
- Operations and maintenance
- Water quality and treatment
- Financial strategies
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) requires the City to update this planning document every six years. DOH must approve the Plan for the City to be in compliance with water system planning requirements. The City Council reviewed and approved an earlier version of the Plan to submit to DOH for their review on July 21, 2009. The City received and responded to comments from DOH, and on June 11, 2010 received an approval letter from DOH for the 2009-2014 Water System Plan. The final step was the City Council's adoption of the DOH-approved Plan at their July 13, 2010 meeting. A staff report and attachments for the July 13 meeting are available online with the City Council agenda.
For questions about the Water System Plan, please contact Liz Hoenig, 360.753.8152, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
North Thurston Coordinated Water System Plan
Thurston County oversees a planning process that coordinates and regulates water system services within the urban area of North Thurston County and designates Urban Water Supply Services Areas. For more information see the North Thurston Coordinated Water System Plan (1996) .