The Community of Peshastin, WA

WATER DISTRICT


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.

Mailing Address:
PO Box 751
Peshastin, WA
98847

T
he PWD
Business Office:
222 Chumstick Highway, Leavenworth, co-located with the Chelan County PUD Office,
behind the Chelan County Fire District 3 Headquarters (view map here).

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

District Commissioners:
  • Carnan Bergren
  • James Granger
  • Steve Keene
Office Manager/Bookkeeper
    • Abby Bergren

Water Manager
    • Jason Williams

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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