Letter to the Editor: Vashon should take advantage of its water
December 7, 2010 · 12:12 PM
The recent publication by the King County Water and Land Resources Division and the Department of Natural Resources and Parks (sent to all Island box holders) was an excellent, scientific, non-biased assessment of our geologic, water resource and ecological considerations. Thanks and kudos to King County for this publication.
What this information graphically points outs is that there is an abundance of untapped, clean water sources (aquifers) on this Island. Thank goodness for Water District 19 and all the other smaller water districts that are excellent purveyors of water resources. But the sun does not rise and set on these water companies.
Potential individual well sites number in the hundreds, as demonstrated by this report. The five-acre rule for a private well is only applicable if the parcel was segregated after May 18, 1972. Prior to that, smaller parcels are grandfathered with water well rights.
That being said, individual wells must comply with health department regulations and honor 200-feet diameters.
Combined with the advances in septic system technology, there are potentially hundreds and hundreds of developable parcels on Vashon.
Welcome to Vashon! Bring your dreams, creativity, sustainable lifestyles and economic contributions to our community.
Isn’t this the way we all got here in the first place?
— Michael Bradley