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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

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:

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

Lake Tapps Level Lowered For Expected Storms

October 14, 2016

In anticipation of a potential upcoming storm event this weekend, Cascade determined that it is advisable to lower the Lake Tapps Reservoir level beginning Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, from its then level of 541.9 feet to protect the dikes from wave action due to predicted high winds and heavy rain.  Just after 6:00 pm Thursday, Cascade opened Valve No. 1, releasing approximately 450 – 470 cfs through the tailrace. The plan is to release at this level until early Monday (Oct. 17)

Algae Advisory Lifted for Lake Tapps!

September 06, 2016

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has lifted the Toxic Algae Caution Advisory for Lake Tapps and states that Advisory signs will be removed from Allan Yorke Park and Lake Tapps North Park this afternoon. Health Department staff checked 16 locations around Lake Tapps earlier today and for the second consecutive week did not find any visible algae.  In addition, they haven’t received any new reports of illness associated with swimming at Lake Tapps.   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