What is the YAKIMA COUNTY WATER RESOURCE SYSTEM (YCWRS) and what do they have to do with your water rights?
Perhaps you’ve heard that there are new water rights regulations in Yakima County as of January 2018. If you’re wondering what this means for you and your well drilling project we’ve got it all broken down for you here!
In years past if you lived in a rural area and wanted to drill a well on your property for basic household use and didn’t use more than 5,000 gallons of water per day you didn’t need a permit from the county. But with the new water rights regulations that the Yakima County Commissioners voted on in January 2018 that has changed.
The new regulations say that you must obtain a permit from the Yakima County Water Resource System (YCWRS), who hold senior water rights in the county. And you can only get a YCWRS domestic well permit for a permit-exempt well at the same time you get a residential building permit or a residential land use permit. 
Part of the process when you apply for the YCWRS domestic well permit is an eligibility review where they evaluate the water availability of the property and the proposed use of the well. The only properties that will be approved are the ones where there is YCWRS water available and where the building or land use permits are for residential purposes. The well also needs to meet the water bearing zone depth requirements. It is the responsibility of the property owner seeking the permit to supply YCWRS with a well report meeting the well depth requirement before the permit will be issued.
The one-time permit connection fee for these previously permit-exempt wells is $1150.00. Add to that a meter installation fee of $650.00 for ¾” -1” sized meter, plus a $35.00 quarterly service fee, and a water consumption charge that varies with how much water you use.
The current usage rates for a YCWRS domestic well in 2018 are:
$0.36/100cf (first 17,000cf)
$1.86/100cf (from 17,000 to 50,000cf)
$2.48/100cf (from 50,000 to 100,000cf)
$3.72/100cf (from 100,000 to 200,000cf)
$4.34/100cf (over 200,000cf)
This means that if you use 15,000cf of water per quarter your usage rate will be $54.00 plus the $35.00 service fee = $89.00 for each quarter. The country will send out quarterly billing statements to YCWRS domestic well owners.
Using the example above the total cost for the first year of a new YCWRS domestic well would be $2156.00 this amount includes: the one-time permit connection fee ($1150), meter installation ($650), quarterly service fee ($35), and quarterly water usage fees ($89). Each year after that the annual cost will be $356.00, billed in quarterly instalments of $89 each.
So, there you have it! These new regulations were put into place so that Yakima County would comply with the new state level requirements.
If you want to read about these new regulations in their entirety you can find them at:  https://www.yakimacounty.us/DocumentCenter/View/15842
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Selah, WA 98942



Community or Shared Water Well

Times are getting tough and maintaining a large chunk of property is almost nearly impossible to do these days considering the watering of such property.

These big properties are being sold off and purchasing these properties are you housing developers. For these developers they build new homes though to keep their cos down or I should say affordable they are drilling one water well for several smaller lots. Known as a Community or Shared Water Well.

A water well is drilled on a specific piece of parcel and a dedicated amount of lots are served on the one water system. Usually this system is a Domestic Water Well only and is required by all that shares this system to maintain any and all problems and expenses. Normally the parcel of property that the well is on is the person typically elected by default to manage this system and is responsible for collecting the cost of the well, being the water rights that is shared and any repairs that are required. Cost can range from as small as the shared water rights to deepening or even re-placing the entire water well, if the water tables drop.

A Community or Shared Water Well can be a great way to share cost though this is about all it is good for. Any well driller or pump worker can tell you very few good stories though lots of nightmare stories. We call these the UGLY WATER AGREEMENTS!

Typically the water system manager has little or possibly No water system management experience and are not prepared for the issues or well maintinence that is required for the life of the water well.

If you are purchasing a home that has a Community or Shared Well it is upmost important that it has clear written words of the usage and cost. Beware of the expenses that can arise and communicate with the manager to stay informed.

Can you break away from your Community or Shared Water Well? Generally Yes!  (1)Your parcel must NOT hold the Community or Shared Well! (2) Proof read your water agreement, the county may have set agreement with developer for this specific area.







Yakima Valley Tour of Homes 2016

Yakima Tour Of Homes Is Proudly Being Sponsored By Apple Valley Well Drilling. We are very excited to see you on the tour of homes 2016. Do not forget to bring your cameras and a super fun attitude. Homes will have everything from Chefs to drinks, builders and much more…

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Water Wells Yakima

Yakima is a beautiful valley full of fruits & vineyards with vast amounts of rich water veins that run beneath.

We drill residential water wells and irrigation water wells  for many different uses in the Yakima, Kittitas & Benton Counties which includes water for community use, domestic use, agricultural use, industrial use, irrigation, public supply.

We have been drilling water wells in this Yakima Valley since 1978 and our commitment to you is that we will strive to provide you with the best service possible because communication with our customers is an important part of our company!  Visit our website @http://www.applevalleywelldrilling.com or call Gary @ 509-697-6605

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Yakima, Kittitas & Benton Counties

The ground has lost its frost and is finally drying which gives the well drillers the opportunity to get back to what they do, FINDING YOU WATER!

When there is no frost in the ground it makes it possible to sink the well rigs which averages over 50,000 pounds.

Last week Gary Lydin & David Oldham, Owner/Operators of Apple Valley Well Drilling started their year by a drilling on the North Wenas Rd. in Selah.

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How To Prevent A Private Well From Freezing

How To Prevent Private Wells From Freezing

Winterize Your Water Well

For those of you that rely on well water, winter can be a time to close attention to well and plumbing components, especially if your area regularly experiences freezing temperatures in the winter months.

Most who rely on wells for their home water supply won’t run into any major problems during winter. However, it is still important to know what to watch for in order to prevent any situations from occurring. Common cold weather water problems with well systems include frozen pipes, pump issues and power loss.

Preventing Frozen Plumbing Pipes

well coverWater wells are designed to access groundwater that rarely freezes due to the earths natural ability to hold heat from the warmer months. That’s why most of the components are underground, below the freeze line. Still, plumbing pipes have to come aboveground to enter your home. To keep these pipes from freezing, wrap with good quality pipe insulation or heat tape. If your pipes are protected by a crawl space or other structure that is attached to your home, be sure to also insulate these walls. All of this material is available at your local home center at an affordable price.

Avoiding Well Water Pump Problems

houseWater well pumps are typically installed underground, in the hole dug to access groundwater. Sometimes, these pumps will be aboveground. Underground pumps are usually protected from the cold winter elements, but it never hurts to inspect your well hole and make sure it is properly sealed. For aboveground pumps, a small insulated well house (about the size of a dog house) with a flood light inside will keep temperatures from dropping to low and prevent the components from freezing. Easy building plans for these well houses can be found online and are also very affordable.

Dealing With Power (and Water Supply) Loss

generatorOne of the scariest things that can happen in wintertime is a loss of power. Losing power can mean a loss of critical water, since well pumps are electric.

Well owners must plan to use alternative methods, other than power, to protect them and their water in the event of a power outage. Portable generators are used as a backup electrical supply, but need a steady flow of gasoline or diesel to keep them running. Emergency standby generators that run on natural gas are another option, but these systems tend to be much more expensive. Many homeowners store an emergency fresh water supply inside in the event of an extended power outage.


Staying safe and enjoying a constant fresh water supply from your well means taking some common sense steps before winter arrives.


Yakima Herald Republic Interviews Apple Valley Well Drilling

Yakima Herald Republic Interviews Apple Valley Well Drilling

Is The Drought Really Drying Up Private Water Wells?

Water Tables 2015

Kate Prengaman interviewed Gary Lydin of Apple Valley Well Drilling, an expert well driller in the Yakima County area, to find out the truth about how water wells in this area are handling the drought and whether your well will be affected next.

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7 Rules for Buying a Home with a Well and Septic System

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7 Rules for Buying a Home with a Well and Septic System

Good quality wells and septic systems are an essential component to buying your new home. Unfortunately, the home inspections rarely cover the quality and issues concerning water wells and septic tanks on the property.
Below is a list of quick observations and the reasons they might be a problem for a new owner. If you run into any issue on this list, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you cannot purchase the home, but rather it will require further investigation or to factor the price of repair or replacement into an offer on a house.
1. The house must have 1-2 acres of land
If a property has a well and septic system and has less than 1 acres. Unfortunately, all systems fail at some moment in time, and the well is likely to be too close to the home’s own or the neighbor’s septic system. A leaky or overflowing septic will cause contamination in your water supply.
2. Do not buy a home with a dug or bored well
Properly drilled wells are more than 40 feet deep, typically more than 100. They have quality pipes, depth and bolted caps sticking above ground. If you see something other than this than the price of a new well will have to be included in the offer.
3. Water from the road, driveway, and downspouts should not drain towards the well
If the new home has a well that is being inundated with dirty and toxic runoff water, then the water inside the well will be directed affected. Wells should be situated on an even plane or uphill avoiding any settling water.
4. Date the well was drilled and septic tank installed, to see if any updates are required.
If the well was drilled before 1980 you must factor well and septic component replacements into the price or at least into your future budget. You should also be thinking about the costs and possibilities of total well replacement. While many wells will last decades, it is reported that 30 years is the average age of well failure. Older well pumps are more likely to leak lubricating oil or fail. Well casings are subject to corrosion, pitting and perforation.
Septic drainfields also have a limited life. The life of a septic drainfield is dependent on how the system is managed, the frequency of septic tank pump outs, and the number of people living in a house, but 20-30 years may be the life of those systems, too.
5. The well head must have a adequate surface seal in areas where domestic animals roam
Animals and their feces will undoubtedly pose a contamination risk to you and your family. If you see a home with a well in the midst of poo and pee walk away and never look back. If you are stuck on the home, then add the cost of replacing the well or septic into the offer price, if a properly drilled well is even possible.
6. When you make an offer on a house a satisfactory water test and a professional septic inspection should be septic 2included in your contingencies
Even if the water well and the septic appear to be in good working condition, a quality test should still be completed before your purchase. If you are unaware of your waters purity then it could easily effect your entire family’s health and no one would know the cause of their ailments.
Well water far outweighs city or municipal water quality even on its worst day. However, if left completely unchecked for years there could be changes near or on your property that is causing contamination. Annual water quality checks should be administered by the homeowner using test kits that are available in a local water store or online. If a problem does show up than call a professional for additional testing.
7. The septic system and water well should be separated by 100 feet  as to not pose a contamination risk to the water supply
In the case where you see a septic tank very close to the properties water well, turn around and run! Below you will find a detailed answer to why this home is no good no matter what….
The solids, scum and grease that accumulate in the septic tank need to be pumped out and disposed of every few years. If not removed, these solids will eventually overflow the septic tank, accumulate in the drain field, and clog the pores in the soil and the openings in the pipes.
Effluent that leaks from sewer lines is generally untreated raw sewage. It may contain industrial waste chemicals. When leaking sewer lines are located deep underground below the biologically active portion of the soil, the sewage can enter groundwater directly. This can result in the introduction of chlorides, microorganisms, organics, trace metals and other chemicals that may cause disease and foul tastes or odors in drinking water
When this happens, which can happen at any point in time, your clean water well will inevitably become very contaminated.
Message From Our Team At www.AppleValleyWellDrilling.com
We hope this article will save you from a major purchasing disaster, and also bring to light health concerns of existing conditions on your own property.



Yakima 2015 Golf Tournament CWHBA Annual Fundraiser


Elks Golf Club

We are grabbing our clubs for a good cause, and spending the day with nice folks from Yakima at the CWHBA’s Annual Golf Tournament.  Come down to the Elks club and visit our great office staff, as they will be handing out free drinks, coolie cups, and raffle prizes for all those who visit our lively table (must be 18 years or older).

My wife and I are very excited because this will be the first year that my daughter and her husband will be able to join us. There are so many things to do before hand to get ready for such a fun event.

Yakima County Drought Updates

Summer 2015 Drought Updates For Yakima County

What Is Washington Doing?

droughtThe Yakima Valley continues to see commercial and domestic water wells dry out, along with less irrigation for our farmers to produce abundant crops. With hardly any snow fall in the winter of 2014 the projections foresee the extension of similar conditions in years to come.

This summer alone residence in this area have had to make many sacrifices in order to conserve water. This includes scaling back on green lawns, investing their money in drilling deeper water wells, installing water efficient pipes and household systems, not to mention the soaring produce prices at the stores, etc.

What Washington State Is Doing To Save Our Water Supply

sprinklerYakima and surrounding areas are experiencing extreme drought conditions. The Valley’s need to prepare for more droughts in years to follow. Sen. Maria Cantwell unveiled legislation that would pump millions of federal dollars into the ambitious plan to ensure adequate future water supplies for farmers, fish and municipalities.
Cantwell’s proposal (S. 1694 —Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project Phase III Act) seeks to secure between $10 million to $20 million per year over the next decade.
“This bill is a fantastic plan,” Cantwell told a crowd of state, county and tribal officials and representatives of environmental groups at a news conference at the Yakima Area Arboretum. “It’s a step forward on what could be one of the most divisive issues that we are seeing throughout the West.”
For decades, disputes have escalated among water users over how a limited supply of water should be used in the over-allocated Yakima River Basin.
Because of the dilemma opposing parties were forced to come together and agree on a plan to improve river flows, habitat and fish passages, as well as increase water storage.
“We will be discussing the details of how to move this project forward and how to make it a reality,” she said. “We want to move it this year and see it done by end of this year.”
Senator Cantwell’s Yakima Basin legislation illustrates beautifully how Washingtonians are tackling 19th century water problems with 21st century solutions.
Projects in the early phases of the plan include fish passage at Cle Elum Reservoir and raising the pool by 3 feet, and environmental analysis of a drought relief pumping plant on the Kachess reservoir. The state already has allocated $130 million toward the plan, approved by the Legislature in 2013.
Getting a commitment from Congress would be huge, said Yakima County Commissioner Mike Leita, who has taken the lead for the county on the plan.
“This is taking us to a whole new level,” he said. “This is the beginning of a whole new era in water management.”
Water shortages this year caused by decreasing snowpack have affected growers.
Grower Mark Roy said “drought conditions this year caused him to lose 40 percent of his water allocation, forcing him to pull 125 acres of tree fruit out of production.” He’s also spending thousands of dollars on water leases from other farmers who also scaled back operations.
Already, this year’s fruit is smaller because of a lack of water.
“We won’t know the full impact of our crops until after harvest,” Roy said.
Cantwell said early estimates suggest crop loss statewide this year could total roughly $1.2 billion and that science indicates the basin will continue to face lower snowpack and drought because of climate change.
“That’s why we need to act,” she said. “These losses not only hurt our producers, but they have a ripple effect on families, communities, businesses and our state’s economy. We must do everything that we can to assure that the basin has a sustainable water supply.”
Severe drought eventually will get everyone’s attention, Morrison said.


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