Historically, Heceta Water District was organized in 1966 to provide potable water to residents immediately north of Florence. After considering several water supplies, Clear Lake was chosen as the most desirable water source in 1967. The first permit to withdraw water from Clear Lake was obtained in 1968, and the District started delivering water in 1969. On May 21, 2013, residents of the Heceta Water District voted to form the Heceta Water People’s Utility District (HWPUD) within the territory common to both the District and the PUD. At the November 8, 2016 election, voters living within Heceta Water PUD had an opportunity to cast their vote as to whether to dissolve HWD. HWPUD has been doing all the ‘work’ of producing and delivering potable water to area residents since July 1, 2014. HWD had not been dissolved before that time because of a bond issue – there was a 20 year bond that the District entered into in 1996. It was not possible to change the bond over to HWPUD, so HWD stayed in existence to continue to collect property taxes to pay off that bond. The final payment was made on July 1, 2016. HWD was dissolved by the vote of the residents in the General Election on November 8, 2016.
HWPUD draws all of its domestic drinking water from Clear Lake. The district boundaries encompass about 11 square miles. We serve approximately 2200 homes within the district. For more information, look at Heceta Water.
HWPUD is governed by a Board of Directors made up of five district residents. The daily affairs of the District are managed by the General Manager.