Cape San Juan Water District, a municipal corporation, is the water purveyor for Cape San Juan. The District operates under state law and regulations of State Health Department. It is governed by three commissioners, elected by Cape residents for staggered six year terms. The District employs a Water Manager, who has every license required for water district operation.
Cape water is drawn from a sole source aquifer and water conservation is extremely important because this aquifer is considered fragile. Maintenance of household water-using appliances is critical, outside irrigation is discouraged and residents are serious about water usage.
When the neighborhood was being developed in the early 1960’s, an intensive search by a geologist found a reliable source of water on the shoulder of Mt. Finlayson and wells were drilled on State of Washington land. These wells remain the source of the Cape’s water and great care is taken to preserve the natural settings of the well-head sites, pump house and cisterns located on land leased from the State Department of Natural Resources.
By a county conducted election early in 1982, the Cape San Juan community established the CSJ Water District and elected the first three Commissioners. These Commissioners immediately commenced a reconstruction project that included new transmission and distribution lines, a second reservoir, hydrants, and water meters for individual users. The Farmers Home Administration approved the estimated cost of $397,000 for the project and provided financing. The final total project cost was just $62,500!
In 1984 the Washington State Association of Water Districts named the CSJ water district “Outstanding Small Water District”.