North Beach Regional Water System

Client—Grays Harbor County, Washington

Gibbs & Olson assisted Grays Harbor County as they worked to develop a new regional water system to serve the North Beach area of the County. With the new water system the County is able to provide a secure, safe, and reliable water supply to the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino (QBRC), Ocean City State Park, Hogan’s Corner and the Illahee-Oyehut areas. The new system includes: 17,000 feet of 6 to 12 inch water distribution piping, 200 feet of highway bore crossings, two new wells with combined capacity of 1,230 gpm, associated buildings, hypochlorination equipment, pH adjustment, two vertical turbine well pumps, a booster pump station, a 160,000 gallon concrete storage tank, standby power, control systems and a radio telemetry system.

Gibbs & Olson worked closely with County staff, local officials, community groups, the Quinault Indian Nation and multiple regulatory agencies to successfully implement a strategy that addressed pumping, distribution, operation, and financing of the new regional water system. After Gibbs & Olson identified a suitable water source, we provided technical assistance to obtain water rights through the Department of Ecology’s cost reimbursement program. Detailed planning documents, including a Water System Plan, were completed and approved by the Department of Health (DOH). Gibbs & Olson assisted in the application and administration of a loan through the DOH Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. An agreement was negotiated with the City of Ocean Shores to provide the QBRC with interim service during construction of the County wells and transmission mains. The construction of the new regional water system was completed in 2010—achieving the County’s economic goals by providing a high quality, safe and reliable source of drinking water that allows for future economic growth in the North Beach area.