The official website of
Artesian Well Advocates
to preserve and protect free community access to Olympia's historic artesian water
keep the water flowing and accessible to all
work with the City to ensure long-term access
collect and collate comments from well-users
build and maintain an information resource about the well
build on what we have to make Olympia known for its unique and useful artesian wells
As of January, 2016...
The Artesian Leadership Committee resumed meetings in January. The main order of business for the January meeting was an assessment of what worked and what didn't during the past year. A report on this is available on the City's website.
Since the most recent survey of well users was conducted in August of 2010, before the creation of the Artesian Commons, the suggestion has been made by a couple of people that another survey might be in order. We hope that a new survey will be carried out, and that it will include the same questions we asked in 2010, for comparison purposes. However, it seems that some new questions would also be useful in assessing the impact of the Commons on those who come to the well just to collect water.
What new questions should be asked? Please Please email us with your suggestions!
We will do our best to update this site at least once a month, so keep checking back.
There is strength in numbers. Make your voice heard!
We need people to help with all aspects of our mission, but especially:
keeping this website up to date
monitoring our email
working with business owners to daylight some of the few remaining
artesian wells in the city
collecting and compiling feedback from well users,
and presenting these to the city on a monthly basis
lobbying the City Council
Please email us
or offers of assistance!
The Commons and the Well
What is an Artesian Well?
Artesian Water in Olympia
The Jefferson Street Well
Survey Results 2009 & 2010