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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.
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On July 24th, 2023 the Department of Ecology declared drought in parts of 12 counties, including the Yakima Basin portion of Kittitas County. This drought declaration recognizes that early snowmelt, a lack of spring rain, and low streamflows are creating hardships for agricultural uses and natural ecosystems. Pro-ratable water users within our community are receiving 72% of their water allotments, junior water users have been curtailed, and instream flows are critically low. Water is a scarce and valuable resource for our community and residents are asked to conserve water.
Kittitas County has secured water rights to provide the legal backing of junior groundwater uses associated with small-scale individual well use. Due to this work, residents relying on these types of wells to provide indoor domestic water have improved water security even during times of drought. This protection is limited to indoor domestic uses and irrigation of up to 500 square feet of exterior yard.
All County residents are urged to conserve our critical groundwater resources. Important steps we can take to conserve water include:
Kittitas County, from the Cascades to the Columbia, and online at http://www.co.kittitas.wa.us
Arden Thomas, Water Resource Program Coordinator, 509-962-7523, email@example.com
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.