What is Manchester Water District?
Manchester Water District (District) is a non-profit community-owned
water supplier formed under Washington State Law (RCW Chapter
57). Its primary mission is to provide clean, safe, and reliable
water service to its customers. The District does not levy any
taxes to operate the water system. The District charges
user fees. These fees include a base-rate charge, commodity (water
usage) rate, and street light charges in some areas. In addition,
the District charges various fees (time, materials,
and overheads) for services rendered. These charges are detailed
in a published Schedule of Fees & Charges.
bit of history...
To ensure access to drinking water, local citizens formed Manchester
Water District in 1942. The District began building its system
after WWII following the formation of a Utility Local Improvement
District. Construction began in 1946 with the drilling of two production
wells. Both of these wells are still in use today. While the
original District served only Manchester Village, today we serve
large retail service area bordering Beaver Creek Road to the
north, Woods Road to the west, and Banner/Sedgwick junction to the Southwest.
makes decisions for Manchester Water District on behalf of the
The District is governed by an elected three-member Board
of Commissioners and staffed by seven employees. Fiscally,
an annual budget is established and adopted by the Board of
This document becomes the operating guideline for District activities
during the fiscal year. In addition, the District prepares,
and files a comprehensive financial report to the Washington
State Auditor’s office each year as required by law.
Manchester Water District serves nearly 10,000 people in the unincorporated
areas of Manchester, South Colby, Harper, and Southworth. It delivers
over 200 million gallons of water annually. It also operates a
system of over 32 miles of piping, 11 wells, 5 reservoirs, 3 booster
stations, and 360 public and private hydrants for fire protection.
In conjunction with water delivery, the District operates street
lighting systems in various portions of its service territory.
a lovely smile you have…
In 1969, area residents voted to fluoridate District supplied
water. The American Dental Association endorsed the fluoridation
of community water supplies as a safe and effective measure for
preventing tooth decay.
coming your way
The Board of Commissioners and staff of Manchester Water District
strive to keep our customers informed about their water district
through periodic newsletters and the Annual
Water Quality Report.
District, Your voice
If you would like to learn more about Manchester Water District,
you are encouraged to attend any of our regularly scheduled public
meetings. They are held the second Tuesday of each month at the
Manchester Library, 8067 E. Main Street, Port Orchard, WA 98366.
Quality & Service Questions?
For water quality and service related questions, please contact
us at (360) 871-0500, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m.