Kapowsin Water District Receivership


Puget Sound Energy and Potelco electric crews have alerted Pierce County that they are scheduled to perform work to the Kapowsin substation in your area. Due to the complexity of this work and for the safety of their crews, they will need to do two overnight power outages. During this time water will be unavailable to your home. Please see below for the planned outage details.


  • Evening of Thursday, July 29 into morning of Friday, July 30
  • Evening of Thursday, Aug. 26 into the morning of Friday, Aug. 27

Duration: Up to 9 hours 

To occur between: 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.        

Where: Orting, Graham, Eatonville, and Kapowsin-areas, off of Kapowsin Highway East


Due to the limited space surrounding the work zone, signs and traffic control flaggers will guide vehicles and pedestrians safely through the area.


Please visit pse.com/plannedoutages for more information on how to prepare for a planned power outage.

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and Tacoma Pierce County Health Department share responsibility for  ensuring safe and reliable drinking water. When a water system fails to do this and has exhausted all reasonable outlets for returning to compliance, DOH may request the court to appoint a receiver to operate the water system. 

Pierce County was appointed to be the receiver of the Kapowsin Water District (KWD) on November 29, 2017 after a failed water transmission line required the trucking of water to the 40 residential customers of the water system while repairs were made. 

Pierce County's goal is to provide the Kapowsin Water District customers with safe and reliable drinking water. Currently, Pierce County is pursuing a new well as a long-term potable water source.

Economic relief for Kapowsin Water District customers
The Pierce County Council has approved extending the economic relief for sewer and water customers, including those in the Kapowsin Water District, to July 31, 2021. Pierce County originally suspend late fees and interest for 90 days following Governor Inslee’s emergency declaration on March 6, 2020. Please contact Sewer Customer Billing Services with questions at (253) 798-4020.

Receivership Updates

  1. 2021
  2. 2020
  3. 2019
  4. 2018
February 3 
  • A service line break occurred at 15705 Griggs Rd. Valley Water District was informed of the leak at noon and repaired the issue and restored water service by 6 p.m. A service line made of thin-walled (1.25-inch) poly tubing, buried 12-inches to 18-inches deep had failed. The pipe had a significant kink and split about six inches from the kink. The Valley Water District crew excavated the site and replaced the damaged section with new pipe. The leak was not significant enough to drain storage tanks or depressurize the system. No boiled water advisory was required. Washington State Department of Health – Office of Drinking Water was notified of the water line break.

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