City of Yelm Granted New Water Rights

By Jacob Dimond / jake@yelmonline.com
Posted 6/21/22

Yelm was informed by the Washington State Department of Ecology that the city was officially granted new water rights, effective immediately.

City officials said the new water rights are …

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City of Yelm Granted New Water Rights

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Yelm was informed by the Washington State Department of Ecology that the city was officially granted new water rights, effective immediately.

City officials said the new water rights are necessary to foster growth within the city.

Under the new water rights, 2,100 gallons of water will be produced per minute. The new 942 acre feet per year will help create nearly 5,000 new water connections, according to Mayor Joe DePinto.

The 942 acre-feet per year provided in the new rights will help Yelm provide citizens with resources for the next 20 years, even as the city is expected to reach a population of nearly 20,000 by the year 2045.

In a video message, DePinto said that prior to the new water rights, Yelm had nearly 4,200 water connections and many were near the end of their cycle. The new water rights were a necessity for the city with the current state of the water connections.

DePinto added that aside from additional water granted to the city, there are other significant benefits the city will see.

“The new water rights will allow our city to continue to grow and flourish,” DePinto stated in the video.



DePinto then noted that some citizens have valid concerns over the city’s readiness for the anticipated growth.

He noted the city has many projects planned for the future that will take the city’s growth into consideration. He said the Mosman Avenue project will connect several of the new neighborhoods to state Route 507, allowing traffic within Yelm to flow better.

DePinto also added that he aims to take the necessary measures to speed up the completion date of the Yelm Loop project, which has been a hot topic for residents in Yelm and the surrounding areas for years.

DePinto added new roundabouts in McKenna, on Vail Road and at Walmart will also be constructed to help maintain a better flow of traffic. The Yelm City Council hopes the improvements to the roads will settle traffic related issues both now and in the future.

DePinto said he is working with the Washington State Department of Transportation and the Nisqually Indian Tribe to speed the completion date up.

The city has been seeking additional water rights since 1994.

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