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Lake Tapps Spring Fill to Begin This Week

February 21, 2017

The Lake Tapps reservoir has slowly begun to refill due to rain and snowmelt. Active refill will begin about February 28, and is anticipated to rise rapidly, as much as 3 to 4 inches a day (2 to 2.5 feet per week). Full recreational level of 541.5 feet is expected by mid-March.  For more details click here. Share this:

Cascade and Partners’ Water Supply Work Honored by Harvard

January 18, 2017

Cascade Water Alliance and partners of the Central Puget Sound Water Supply Forum were honored by Harvard University as one of the 2017 Bright Ideas in Government for policies, initiatives, and best practices. The Forum identified potential challenges to the region’s water supply with earthquakes, water quality issues, drought and climate change. The Forum’s goal is to ensure safe, reliable quality water for the region’s 2.3 million residents and businesses. For more information, click here. Share this:

Lake Tapps Winter Levels Updated; Short Drawdown Scheduled

January 10, 2017

There will be a short-term drawdown for the Lake Tapps Reservoir this winter in conjunction with the installation and testing of valves at the Powerhouse. The drawdown will begin this weekend, and over the next three weeks the reservoir will be drawn down 6′ – 8′ to approximate elevation 536.5′. The reservoir will be maintained around that 536.5′ level, weather dependent, until refill begins in early March. If homeowners are considering improvements or new projects, early February to early March will be a good time to do them. Appropriate

Lake Tapps Winter Levels Update – Short Drawdown Scheduled

November 10, 2016

Lake Tapps level is expected to stay at approximately 541′ to 542′ through mid to late January, when Cascade anticipates completing installation of a new valve at the Powerhouse. Around Feb. 1, Cascade plans to test the new $2 million valve, which has been installed to ensure even more reliability and safety in operating the reservoir. To do so, Cascade will draw the reservoir down approximately 6′ to 8′, reaching an elevation around 535′ in late February. The reservoir level will then be maintained around 535′ through early to mid-March. If

EPA Honors Cascade Water Alliance for “Excellence in Strategic Collaboration”

October 06, 2016

Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency honored 20 businesses, municipalities, utilities, and organizations for their commitment to protecting the environment through promoting water efficiency.  Cascade was awarded the “Excellence in Strategic Collaboration”,  which recognizes Cascade  for its work in creating partnerships and enlisting support from other groups, organization and entities to spread the water conservation message across its service district in suburban King County. For more information click here Share this:

Lake Tapps 2016 Drawdown and 2017 Fill Schedule Announced

September 06, 2016

Beginning today, Lake Tapps Reservoir will be allowed to float down through the fall, with an anticipated lake level drop of approximately one foot by Thanksgiving. Homeowners should watch lake levels to determine when to take their boats out of the water. In January, Cascade will test a new valve and will draw the reservoir down approximately 6 to 8 feet, which would be a good time for residents to consider improvements or new projects, with the appropriate permits. Active fill will begin

Lake Tapps Incident Locator Program Expands

May 04, 2016

The Lake Tapps Incident Locator Program, first launched in 2014 by East Pierce Fire and Rescue, will expand significantly in coming weeks with funding from Cascade Water Alliance. The Incident Locator Program ensures public safety help gets where it’s needed when time counts by placing identification numbers on lake front properties. For more information click here:  Lake Tapps Incident Locator Program Expansion FINAL Share this:

Lake Tapps Reservoir Spring Refill Update

March 07, 2016

The Lake Tapps reservoir is now at elevation 541.5 feet – the bottom of full recreational pool – and will continue to be between the 541.5 to 543 foot range throughout the spring and summer.