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Kittitas (pronounced 'KITT-i-tass') County is located in central Washington
State. It spans from the lush forested Cascade Mountains to the upper Yakima River Valley plains and
the Columbia River.
Environmental Health Specialist
The Drinking Water program works to ensure safe drinking water for all residents of Kittitas County,
through inspections, education, and testing.
If you are developing property and are planning to drill a well on the property, a permit for the well is required by the Department of Ecology. That office is in Yakima (509) 575-2490. A list of well drillers is available upon request from the Environmental Health office.
Kittitas County Public Health Department monitors a percentage of wells drilled within this county for proper sealing, tagging and decommissioning of water wells. Information about this well delegation program is available from the Environmental Health office.
All new uses of water must comply with KCC 13.35.027-Permanent Measures. An Adequate Water Supply Determination is required of all persons who are:
An Adequate Water Supply Determination shall not be required for building permits:
Public "group B" well systems provide water to developments with three to 14 homesites.
An inspection for siting purposes is required for these systems prior to drilling.
Workbooks and laboratory information can be obtained from the Environmental Health office.
Kittitas County Environmental Health Department reviews and approves Group B water systems serving from three connections (houses) to nine connections.
Proposed Group B water systems to serve ten to fourteen connections are reviewed and approved by the Washington State Department of Health.
For the Group B workbook and appendices go to the Washington State Department of Health website and search by publication number.
A complete Group B Water System Packet containing all forms, Group B workbook, and Group B Water System Guidelines is also available for $8.00 at the Kittitas County Public Health Department, 507 N Nanum St, Suite 102, Ellensburg.
Department of Health Fees will apply for Group B Water review and approval.
Resource materials and information for private water systems are available for questions concerning how to provide and maintain a safe water supply.
Bacteriological testing of water well samples is available through the Environmental Health office in partnership with LabTest in Yakima and Cascade Analytical in Union Gap.
These labs are state approved for water analysis.
Kittitas County has a total area of 2,333 square miles. The highest point in the county is Mount Daniel at 7,959 feet above sea level.