Wellhead Protection

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The City of Tumwater is committed to protecting water quality for its residents and providing the best water without the need for chemical additives. To ensure this, the City has developed a program to ensure that those who use, store, and dispose of hazardous materials do so in the safest manner possible.

The Wellhead Protection Area Program aims to identify potential hazards to our drinking water and protect the areas that replenish municipal wells. This program helps guard against sources of contamination, as well as maintaining the high-quality water you are accustomed to drinking. Under the Wellhead Protection Area Program, the City oversees the management and use of hazardous materials that could contaminate the sensitive recharge areas surrounding the City's wells.

Residents in the City of Tumwater use water from underground aquifers to meet their domestic needs. Contamination of these sensitive resources can render groundwater supplies unusable for decades. With a proactive approach, the City of Tumwater can help protect these aquifers to ensure safe and potable water for our customers and residents.

Sources of Groundwater Contamination

When groundwater becomes contaminated, there may be a number of sources, including:

  • Septic systems
  • Leaky tanks or pipelines
  • Chemical leaks or spills
  • Landfills
  • Cemeteries
  • Salt or other chemical run off from roads and highways
  • Fertilizers and pesticides

Learn more...

Wellfield Protection Area

For assistance

For more information, or to schedule a free technical assistance visit to your business, please call Tumwater Water Resources at (360) 754-4140.