Water System

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In the last century, the Everett water system has grown from a simple localized system for the residents of Everett to a vital regional water provider. The Everett water system now supplies water to about 600,000 people or 80 percent of the businesses and residents of the Snohomish County through a network of local water providers.

Algae Bloom -- water quality as of July 21, 2017

Tasting samples of finished water have scored in the acceptable range for three consecutive days. Raw water from the Chaplain reservoir no longer has a metallic flavor. Water  quality sampling will now return to once a week.

City of Everett's news release on algae bloom


Everett Water Service Area Map (PDF)
Drought Response Plan (PDF)

Tests confirm Everett’s water is safe to drink

Learn more:
Is there lead in my drinking water?
View the 2014 Amendment to the 2007 Comprehensive Water Plan (PDF)

Facilities & Characteristics

Major facilities and characteristics of the Everett water system include the following
  • Spada Reservoir – 50 billion gallon capacity
  • Chaplain Reservoir – 4.5 billion gallon capacity
  • Drinking Water Treatment Plant at Chaplain Reservoir – 132 million gallons per day (MGD) Department of Health approved flow rate
  • 4 Water Transmission Lines that can deliver 200 MGD
  • 4 Pump Stations
  • 19 Pressure Zones
  • 15 Storage Facilities – Ranging from 100,000 gallons to 24 million gallons in capacity
  • 370 Miles of Distribution Pipelines

Water Rights

Today, Everett has water rights for 255 million gallons of water per day (MGD) from the Sultan River system and a pending water right application for an additional 129 MGD. By maintaining a strong, working partnership with the utility’s wholesale customers, Everett is well poised to meet the water needs of our community for the foreseeable future.