We are in Safe Start Phase 2. Read our press release.

Questions about COVID-19? Visit our COVID-19 pages.

We suspended most in-person services. Read our blog post.

The Health Department is closed July 3 for the Fourth of July Holiday.

An image of Lake Tapps in the fall, with a clear view of Mt. Rainier

We've partnered with Cascade Water Alliance to improve water quality in Lake Tapps. We offer workshops, site visits, and other education for homeowners. Become part of the solution. You can make a few small changes and protect your lake.

Inspect your septic system

We will send reminders in 2020 to all septic system owners in the Lake Tapps watershed to get their septic system inspected. We offer a $100 discount on inspections, but funds are limited. Schedule your inspection now to take advantage of the savings!

We check water quality to make sure you are safe

In addition to education, we also monitor water quality. We check many areas around the lake for toxic algae and test the water at Allan Yorke and North Lake Tapps County parks for bacteria. We issue advisories when conditions are unsafe. This helps people and pets stay safe.

TappsWise Logo: "Lake Tapps Wise" in white on blue background with wavy pattern.

What you can do to be TappsWise

Become a steward of your lake—help keep it safe for swimming, playing, fishing and boating. Follow these easy steps to start improving water quality:

  • Practice natural yard care.
  • Maintain your septic system.
  • Scoop your pet's poop.
  • Attend workshops to learn more.

Get TappsWise certified

Want to get more involved? Be a leader in your community and show neighbors you contribute to a healthier Lake Tapps:

Square sign with text: "Lake Tapps Wise Certified. Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department's Healthy Lake Program in Partnership with Cascade Water Alliance. 253.798.2856 or" 


Contact us at or (253) 882-7109.