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Lake Tapps at Maximum Fill Today – May 17, 2017

May 17, 2017

Today Cascade will raise the Lake Tapps reservoir to approximately elevation 543 feet, the maximum allowable level Cascade can operate Lake Tapps. Cascade raises the reservoir to the maximum allowed at least once each year as a reminder to homeowners of the maximum fill level. After the maximum fill today, Cascade will lower the level and keep the reservoir between elevation 541.5 and 543 feet (usually about 542.7 feet) through late September. Press release: 2017 Lake Tapps Reservoir Maximum Fill Share this:

Cascade Hosts “Clean and Healthy Lake Tapps” Open House, May 16

May 01, 2017

Cascade Water Alliance invites the public to an open house on Tuesday, May 16, at 6:00 p.m., to learn more about how everyone can help keep Lake Tapps Reservoir clean and healthy. Neighbors are invited to come chat with Cascade staff, learn more about Lake Tapps sign locator program, ensure they and their families SwimSafe this summer, understand the importance of a well-maintained sewer system, natural yard care and more. Please note the address listed in the press release is incorrect, the Open

Fix a Leak Week

March 23, 2017

In recognition of national Fix a Leak Week, students at Discovery Elementary School in Sammamish learned how to construct a drip irrigation system to water vegetables in their school garden. They won’t waste a drop to grow healthy, organic food!     Share this:

2017 Lake Tapps Reservoir Spring Refill Update

March 17, 2017

Cascade Water Alliance and the Lake Tapps Community Council announced today that the Lake Tapps Reservoir has reached recreation minimum pool levels (elevation 541.5 feet) a month ahead of the April 15 deadline. Cascade will raise the reservoir, as it does each year, to the maximum full recreational level of elevation 543 feet during the middle of May to remind homeowners of the highest allowable level this reservoir can go in concert with existing homeowners’ agreements with Cascade. Cascade will then maintain the Lake

Dikes Surrounding Lake Tapps Inspected

March 06, 2017

Washington State’s Dam Safety Office (DSO) took advantage of the drawdown of the Lake Tapps Reservoir to do its proscribed evaluation of the dikes surrounding the reservoir in February. The reservoir was originally created by flooding four small lakes and is held in place as “Lake Tapps” by a series of 15 dikes. These earthen dikes are inspected at least once every five years to determine safety and security. The DSO inspected the reservoir (water) side of 13 of the dikes and

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