Established September 1945

Southwest Lincoln County Water District (SWLCWD) is a Municipal Water District located within a 1 1/2 by 8 mile strip of land along Highway 101 between the Cities of Waldport and Yachats.

The District takes water from four separate sources located on Dicks Fork, Big Creek, Vingie Creek and Starr Creek.  Each is the culmination of surface waters within separate watersheds situated within the Siuslaw National Forest.

Our mission at Southwest Lincoln County Water District is to provide clean, safe drinking water delivered to your home.  We are committed to ensuring quality drinking water and excellent service.  The District has also developed a Watershed Protection Plan that outlines how the District will assure that the Water District’s raw water sources are not comprised or polluted.  Federal and State laws require the District to routinely monitor the water we furnish for 79 possible contaminants. Your water meets or exceeds all federal and state requirements.

A water quality report (CCR) is designed to inform you about the quality of the water the District delivers to you every day. You can find our water quality report at Consumer Confidence Report.

There has been much media attention lately to homes, businesses and schools testing at lead levels above estimated standards.  The lead and copper levels in the District’s water are so low as to be deemed undetectable.  The water delivered to you by the District is among the purest of any supplier in the State of Oregon.

However, if your residence or business was constructed before or around 1985 and the plumbing lines and fixtures have not been upgraded to meet current plumbing standards, the District recommends you consider having your water tested by an analytical water laboratory.  Home kits are available, but not always reliable.  If you would like a list of professional testers, please phone our office at 541-547-3315.  We are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Detailed information about water contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline (1-800-426-4791), or you can visit www.epa.gov/safewater/lead.

The Water District’s distribution system is in very good condition.  All leaks discovered are repaired immediately.  We ask that you use your water responsibly and report any possible leaks.

Your District is equipped to handle any emergency situation, whether it be a power outage or a large scale disruption in service.  The District is prepared to do all it can to ensure that water can be quickly and safely restored to you in any such circumstance.

Learn more by attending a regularly scheduled Board Meeting.  They are held the second Wednesday of every month at 10 AM at the District Office, which is located at 7740 Highway 101 North.


In 2015, after several years of review and discussion, your Board asked voters within the SWLCWD to approve conversion of the legal status of SWLCWD from a ‘Special District’ to a ‘People’s Utility District’ or PUD, as a move in the best future interests of all SWLCWD customers.  The Oregon Legislature created the PUD form of business in 1931 exclusively for electric and water utilities to ensure stronger local control and to simplify some business requirements.

The Board, through the initiative process, placed this on the May 2016 Ballot.  Approval failed by a small number of votes.  In review, the Board realized it did not do enough in informing why the change would be beneficial.  The Board plans to place the initiative on the ballot again in May 2017.  The Board assures all water district voters that the change will not require taxes or any other special financial support.

Local control will be strengthened and should result in lower operating costs.  What you will primarily see is a name change.  Your Board would remain the same but would require new voter approval along with the PUD change.  Additional and more detailed information will be sent to all registered voters in the SWLCWD prior to the time to vote.


Thank you to all who voted in the May 2017 special election.  We are now Southwest Lincoln County Water People’s Utility District.  The result was Yes votes of 330 to No votes of 176 including the yes votes needed in the precinct located inside the City of Waldport.


If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form.  You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form.  Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., S.W. Washington D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-6442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

This District is an equal opportunity provider and employer.