About Our Water
Water is a major part of our City’s history. Early settlers chose Tumwater as the site for the first permanent settlement on the Puget Sound because of its proximity to the Deschutes River. Our abundance of water, including artisanal wells, not only helped to settle Washington’s first community, but also gave it a national identity. For over a century, the Olympia Brewing Company made the City of Tumwater the face of Olympia Beer with its brewery location on the falls of the Deschutes. While time has changed many facets of the City’s relationship with its water supply, it nonetheless remains our community’s most important asset – an asset we strive to sustain.
Frequently Asked Questions About Our Water
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