Keep that Water Flowing!
H2Olympia is a grassroots community organization dedicated to ensuring public access to free-flowing Artesian well water in the Olympia area.
Fresh, pure artesian water is a benefit to the community and has been a celebrated highlight of Olympia’s history since before the turn of the last century. One can still find free artesian well water at a few locations. Many throughout the community rely on this water as their primary source.
However, the current well site at 4th and Jefferson can be capped at any time at the discretion of the owners of the property. Thus, access to this water is in peril until a permanent solution is established.
A group of citizens has joined together to insist on a more permanent, responsible solution. That’s us. And maybe it would be you, too.
Our goal is first and foremost to establish public ownership of a permanent, publicly accessible free artesian water amenity in downtown Olympia. We are working with the City of Olympia, DOH, DOE, TPUD and the community at large to ensure a solution that will benefit the community.
Once continued access to the water is ensured, our vision is to have more sources opened and established. This can be an enduring legacy and a source of civic pride for future generations.
It’s easy to overlook the features and benefits of one’s own town, because they may seem ordinary or commonplace. But Olympia’s great water is not commonplace, and the loss of our artesian heritage would be a detriment to our community. We want the water to keep flowing. We believe additional well sites should be established to celebrate the goodness and uniqueness of our artesian water. And we want your involvement.