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Drinking Water & Wells

The mission of the Drinking Water Program is to protect public health by assuring that residents and visitors to Jefferson County have access to a safe and reliable supply of quality drinking water and that it is reasonably available. By enforcing and monitoring laws regulating public and private water supplies, the Drinking Water Program minimizes the threat of waterborne disease.

The program reviews water availability to meet building permit requirements pursuant to the Growth Management Act; provides water bottles for bacteriologic testing; provides technical assistance for small public water supply systems and inspects construction of individual water wells.


Port Townsend City Water System Notification

On November 1st, 2013, notifications were sent to users of the Port Townsend Municipal Water system concerning the possibility of an increased risk of waterborne infection that may be associated with the system. Click here for a copy of the notification. Jefferson County Public Health has been closely monitoring “Crypto” trends in Jefferson County. While sporadic cases have been reported in past years, no association with the Port Townsend Municipal Water system has been detected. This is a mandatory notice required by the Washington State Department of Health as part of their regulatory efforts to improve the safety of this public water system. More information is available through the City’s web site or from the Port Townsend Department of Water Quality (360-379-5001).


Program Performance Measures:

2012 Year-end Performance Measures Report Drinking Water

2013 Planned Performance Measures Drinking Water


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