The Community of Peshastin, WA

WATER DISTRICT

Urgent Notice - E. Coli !!! 
October 14, 2017

The Peshastin Water District advises customers to boil their tap water. The district detected potentially harmful E. coli bacteria in the water today during routine water quality monitoring. The water district supplies drinking water to the Town of Peshastin and the Timberline Mobile Home Park. The advisory affects about 800 people.

The Peshastin Water District and it's Board of Commissioners is committed to providing safe water to the community and our water management team is working closely with Washington State Department of Health (DOH) to resolve the situation as quickly as possible, disinfecting and flushing the system. However, it may take a few days to completely disinfect the lines. We will send out another notice when tests come back clear.

Thank you for understanding and knowing that we are on top of the situation and will continue to be as transparent as possible. Customers with questions about their water quality can call Peshastin Water District at 509-885-6920.

E. coli can cause gastrointestinal illness. To kill the bacteria, DOH recommends residents boil tap water they’ll use for drinking, brushing teeth, preparing food, making ice, and washing dishes. Heat the water to a brisk boil for one minute and allow it to cool before use. 

For more information, visit the DOH Coliform in Drinking Water webpage, or view DOH’s E. coli Q&A in English or Spanish. Please pass on to anyone within the community of Peshastin.

Peshastin Water District
The Peshastin Water District (PWD) holds open public meetings on the second Thursday of each month, 4:00pm, at the Peshastin Memorial Hall, 10204 Main Street.
District Commissioners:
  • Carnan Bergren
  • James Granger
  • Steve Keene
Office Manager/Bookkeeper
    • Abby Bergren
Water Manager/Cross Connection Technician
    • Jason Williams
Mailing Address:
PO Box 751
Peshastin, WA
98847

As of June 15, 2017, the PWD Business Office will be co-located with the Chelan County PUD Office in Leavenworth, at 222 Chumstick Highway, behind the Chelan County Fire District 3 Headquarters (view map here).

Office Hours: Monday & Wednesday
                      1:00 – 5:00 PM

Office Phone:  509.548.5266
Email:  waterdept@peshastin.org
Water Towers
The Peshastin water system began in the early 1900's with two water towers and a pumping station for irrigation built by J.Q. Gilbert and his brother, A.C.  In the early 1920s, the Peshastin Lumber Mill purchased the system to supply domestic water for their workers' houses along the Wenatchee River. The Community Water Association took over managing the system in 1927. The Peshastin Water District was formed in September 1999 by public vote of the electorate located within the District's boundary. The purpose of forming the District was to assume the operation and maintenance of the financially failing Community Water Association.

The Water District includes three active wells, four reservoirs, two of which store 190,000 gallons each, a new tower that stores 275,000 gallons, and an additional reservoir located on Larson Rd that stores 30,000 gallons. There are approximately 4 miles of pipe which feed the system. The Water District currently serves 238 customers, including residential, commercial, industrial, an Elementary school, and a day care center.

In 2002, the District completed a water right transfer allowing the District to develop water uses that shall not exceed an instantaneous flow rate of 850gpm or an annual capacity of 520 acre-feet per year. The transfer authorized withdrawals from four existing wells and two wells that may be developed by the District to meet source protection and supply concerns if necessary. Washington State Department of Health Water Facilities Inventory currently approves 598 active connections.

In early 2004, the District completed a $2.7 million dollar Water Rehabilitation Project that included rebuilding well houses, installation of our third reservoir, meters on all users and a telemetry system to monitor the entire system. The funds for this project were a combination of grant money and low interest loans from Public Works Trust Fund, Community Development Block Grant, USDA Rural Developments and Local Options Tax funds.

In 2016, the Peshastin Water District completed construction of its fourth water tower reservoir at a cost of $1.1 million dollars. A building moratorium put into place by the Dept. of Health required the building of the resevior to ensure adequate water supply in case of a major fire event. Peshastin should now have sufficient water supply for many years to come.

In the summer of 2005, property owners from the Timberline Water User Association approached the Peshastin Water District requesting water to feed their small water system due to lack of water supply. The District applied for and received grant funding totaling $108,500 from the Emergency Drought Fund from the Department of Ecology to install a temporary 2" water line across the Peshastin Bridge to feed seven residential properties and a commercial business.

The Water District has two employees, a Certified Water Manager/Cross Connection Technician, and an Office Manager/Bookkeeper. The District is governed by three water commissioners who are publicly elected to office.

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