Testing a New Water Source for Kitsap County

Do you ever wonder how the water that falls as rain becomes the water that flows from your tap?  There are many steps involved in transforming rainwater to drinking water.  It involves legal proceedings (water rights), infrastructure (pumps, pipes, reservoirs) and people (waterworks operators, regulatory agencies).  Most of this goes on behind the scenes.  

Water availability in Kitsap is influenced by a rainshadow cast by the Olympic Mountains. The southwest part of the county gets over 80 inches of rain per year whereas the north end receives less than 30 inches.  To address this disparity, and ensure sustainable water supplies for communities in drier areas, Kitsap PUD and other water purveyors have worked to build regional drinking water infrastructure (more information on reverse). This infrastructure, essentially, taps source wells in Kitsap’s wet region and uses the water to augment supplies in drier regions.   

On July 16, 2019 Kitsap PUD and Silverdale Water District began a year-long pump test of KPUD’s Newberry Hill Well #2.  This well has been identified as a regional supply well.  Before it is brought online, it will be put through a pump test to test its capacity and evaluate its effects on other wells and streams in the vicinity.  During the test, the well will be pumped at 1,000 gallons per minute continuously.  The water will serve Silverdale Water District which has shut off most of its other source wells during the test.  

Precipitation and local stream flows will also be monitored.  This is a major undertaking that will not only test the capacity of the Newberry well, but also help define the extent of the Seabeck Aquifer, a source of regional drinking water supply for Kitsap County. The test is expected to conclude in July 2020. 

-Text from Kitsap Connection Newsletter 



This video explains the basics of how on-site sewage systems function and the steps you should take to keep your system working well!



Toilets Aren’t Trash Cans

Your septic system is not a trash can. Besides human poop and pee, toilet paper, and soap used for washing, not much else should be going down your drain.

Never flush:

  • Baby wipes, cleaning wipes, or any moist towelettes.
  • Feminine hygiene products such as tampons or pads.
  • Condoms.
  • Paper towels, rags, or newspaper.
  • Dental floss.
  • Cotton balls and swabs.
  • Diapers.
  • Hair.
  • Cigarette butts.
  • Band-aids.
  • Coffee grounds.
  • Cat litter.
  • Grease and cooking oils.
  • Household chemicals like gasoline, oil, pesticides, antifreeze, and paint. See 1-800-RECYCLE for local hazardous waste drop-off locations. 
  • Prescription medication. Look for a medication take-back program in your area.

When you take care of your septic system, you are taking care of yourself, your wallet, and your community. Learn more about septic maintenance and protecting Washington waters!