Kapowsin Water District Receivership

24-Hour Water Emergency
(253) 798-7000  


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 Nov. 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.

Receivership Updates

  1. 2021
  2. 2020
  3. 2019
  4. 2018

Aug. 27

Pierce County Superior Court approved Administrative Standards for Kapowsin Receivership.

July 30

Pierce County submitted status report to the Pierce County Superior Court.

June 30

Pierce County submitted Kapowsin Water System Corrosion Control Remediation Report to DOH summarizing existing water quality data and identifying technically feasible corrosion control systems to address copper exceedances.

May 19 - present

Pierce County continues to apply the USDA-RD grant to reimburse 2017 emergency water hauling costs, and to refurbish and purchase standby generators for treatment building and booster pump.

April - June

Pierce County submitted three requests for FY 2022 appropriations to Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray and Rep. Kim Schrier. None of the appropriations were approved.

Feb. 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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