Solution Options to the Lake Tapps Ticking Time Bomb
All options have been explored by numerous jurisdictions
- with the exception of Pierce County
One solution is for the
citizens around Lake Tapps is to
continue to sell off their
properties and move. The new
homeowners will be left to deal
with Cascade Water Alliance and
the promises of lawsuits from
Cascade Water under the Clean
If the homeowners
cannot repair the failed septic
systems, they will be forced to
evacuate their homes if sewers
are not available.
County never intends to run
sewers to Lake Tapps.
to Bonney Lake none of the Waste
Water Treatment Plants within a
28 mile radius of Lake Tapps has
capacity for the sewers.
Without the ability to remove
sewage, a house is
Force Pierce County to allow Bonney Lake to pursue Bonney
Lake's best option for sewering
Although Lake Tapps
is outside the Urban Growth
Area, Pierce County still has an
out of court settlement with the
U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency wherein Pierce County
agrees to sewer West Lake Tapps.
This "previous agreement"
according to Pierce County
allows sewers to be run outside
the Urban Growth Area.
option Bonney Lake came up with
to sewer Lake Tapps is to build
a new Waste Water Treatment
Plant on the plateau.
use the 4" of daily water
drawdown Cascade is allowed
under the water right to fill
Lake Tapps up with 4" of sewage
Property owners of Lake Tapps is to get involved and
work with the City of Auburn,
King County and force Pierce
County to approve the Cities of
Auburn, Bonney Lake and Sumner's
plan to incorporate Lake Tapps.
The window on this option is
It depends on how much
capacity King County's new Brightwater Waste Water
Treatment Plant frees up in King
County's Renton Waste Water
plants are first come first
The citizens would need
to act quickly to maximize the
possibility of making the
It benefits from
being far less costly than
building a new treatment plant,
much quicker than building a new
plant, and has already been
thought of by the cities "long
from the Mayor of the City of Auburn,
"Dan, long ago the three cities
of Auburn, Bonney Lake and
Sumner got together and looked
at how the lake could look in
the future. The cities
approximated lines with Bonney
Lake coming up to Snag Island on
the east, Sumner coming up from
the south and west to the flume
and Auburn on the west side and
around to Tapps Island."
are a number of barriers to
First, Auburn's city council
would have to want to accept any
petition to annex. In these
difficult times with little
commercial base that area,
because of some higher
residential values might get
closer to break even but only
Second, much of the area is
outside the GMA line and would
take a vote at Pierce County
with approval by the four county
Puget Sound Regional Council.
Third, there would need to be a
petition by the people of the
area, then a popular vote to
annex and then an acceptance to
annex by Auburn.
Fourth, East Pierce Fire
District would then lose the
area if annexed and they have
told us if their concerns.
Finally do keep in mind a sewer
utility is an enterprise fund
segregated from the city's
General Fund so it is no[t] looked
at as a revenue producer.
So, those are the steps and the