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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.
Kittitas County’s water management activities protect surface and groundwater resources. The Drinking Water Program is managed by the Public Health Department.
Public Works water resource programs include floodplain and groundwater management.
The groundwater management program improves water reliability. To achieve this goal, as of December 2, 2015, all new groundwater uses within the Yakima Basin portion of Kittitas County are required to:
The requirements are found in KCC 13.40 and need to be met during the land subdivision and building permit processes.
The Kittitas County Public Water Bank can serve property owners within our bank’s zone who will apply for a building permit within two (2) years of receiving mitigation through the bank. Parcels within the Yellow Zone may also be eligible. Two (2) mitigation packages are available.
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.
Kittitas County provides information about public and private bank service areas on COMPAS, the Kittitas County online mapping service.
Many landowners are eligible for Kittitas County’s Over-the Counter Mitigation Process, which provides an expedited eligibility review and mitigation issuance. 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.
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.
Public Works Water Resources Specialist
Public Health Environmental Health Specialist
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.