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About Our Water

Water is a major part of our City’s history. Early settlers chose Tumwater as the site for the first permanent settlement on the Puget Sound because of its proximity to the Deschutes River. Our abundance of water, including artisanal wells, not only helped to settle Washington’s first community, but also gave it a national identity. For over a century, the Olympia Brewing Company made the City of Tumwater the face of Olympia Beer with its brewery location on the falls of the Deschutes. While time has changed many facets of the City’s relationship with its water supply, it nonetheless remains our community’s most important asset – an asset we strive to sustain. 

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Water System Plan

Water Quality Reports

City Water Supply

Monitoring & Programs

Water Conservation & Education 

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Water

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  • How can I help protect my drinking water?

  • Where does my drinking water come from?

  • How is bottled water different than tap water?

  • How do I ensure water quality in my private well?

  • Should I be concerned about drinking tap water if I have a severely compromised immune system?

  • I'm worried about a specific drinking water contaminant [lead, Cryptosporidium, nitrate, radon, etc.]. What should I know?

  • I don't like the taste/smell/appearance of my tap water. What's wrong with it?

  • What is a drinking water standard?

  • How can I get my water tested?

  • What's the drinking water report that I've heard about?

  • How will I know if my water isn't safe to drink?

  • Is my tap water safe to drink?

  • What are my responsibilities as a City water user?

  • How do I check for a water leak?