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Lake Tapps water deal finalized

Post by Sara Schilling / The News Tribune on Dec. 17, 2010 at 5:11 pm with 2 Comments »
December 17, 2010 5:20 pm

It’s official: Cascade Water Alliance will be able to use Lake Tapps as a municipal drinking water source and divert an average of 48 million gallons a day from the reservoir in eastern Pierce County.

The state Department of Ecology signed off on the water rights package in September, but presented the official agreement to Cascade’s board during a meeting this week, a news release said.

“Acquiring this water right is a significant step for Cascade,” Lloyd Warren, board chair, said in the release.

Cascade is a consortium of cities and water districts in King County.

A Cascade spokeswoman said back in September that the process of diverting the water from the popular lake wouldn’t actually start for years. The project will take 50 years to fully develop, the news release said.

There still will be enough water for summer recreation and to ensure healthy habitat and salmon runs in the White River, the release said.

The reservoir was built in 1911. Puget Sound Energy used it for years to run a hydroelectric project, but eventually shut the project down.

Cascade eventually bought the reservoir.

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  1. treeclimber says:

    i am glad to see to filthy human waste from lake taps being sent to king county from pierce county,it will be an enormous task for king county to make this water fit for human consumption,there is no way they can seperate all the human wast and drugs that go into the lake and make it clean ,people on the water list ,,set to receive this water should have warnings on water pipes and bills just like cigarettes, this water could be dangerous to your health

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