Water Banking and Water for Building Permits

Contact

For questions regarding Water Mitigation

Water Resources Program Coordinator
(509) 962-7698

For questions regarding Individual Well Site Reviews or Adequate Water Supply Determinations

Environmental Health Specialist
(509) 962-7515

Starting December 2, 2015, all new uses of groundwater in Kittitas County within the Yakima River Basin will need Water Budget Neutral Water Mitigation (WBN) and need to be metered. Water Budget Neutral Mitigation is a withdrawal of water whose impact to area streams is offset by water from existing water rights being left in stream. For new domestic uses, folks will need to purchase WBN mitigation for their new homes. They can buy mitigation from either a private water bank or the Kittitas County Water Bank.

Kittitas County will offer 2 mitigation packages in the Green and Yellow zones of the Kittitas County Water Bank. The package available to each customer will be determined by the parcel’s irrigation availability. Package A, only available to folks with access to other outdoor irrigation, will offer 275 gallons per day indoor domestic use only and Package B, only available to folks without access to outdoor irrigation, will offer 275 gallons per day indoor domestic only with 25 gallons per day for outdoor use up to 500 square feet. The packages offered through the Kittitas County Water Bank were determined by a Citizen’s Advisory Committee and adopted by the Board of County Commissioners.

Eligibility

Eligibility to mitigate through the Kittitas County Water Bank is determined by reviewing which Kittitas County Water Bank zone the parcel is in and how the parcel was created. Eligibility can be determined by searching on COMPAS, the Kittitas County online mapping service.

Please contact Kittitas County Public Health at 509-962-7515 with any questions about eligibility.

Over-the Counter Water Mitigation Process (OTC)

The processing time to obtain a water mitigation certificate using the OTC process is approximately two weeks. To purchase water mitigation through the OTC water mitigation process, complete the steps as outlined in the Kittitas County Water Bank Over-The-Counter Water Mitigation Process

Ecology Approval Process

Some parcels eligible to mitigate through the Kittitas County Water Bank will require Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) review and approval. The review time for these applications is six months-one year.

For parcels that require Ecology review and approval, follow the steps outlined in the Kittitas County Water Bank Ecology Approval Required Mitigation Process


Forms

Individual Well Site Review


Individual Well Site Review

Well Drillers