Thurston County facilities are now open to the public with restrictions, including maintaining physical distancing of at least six feet at all times and, per the Washington State Secretary of Health’s face covering order wearing a cloth face covering or mask. If you come to county facilities, please be prepared for potentially long wait times or lines due to distancing guidelines. We continue to encourage residents to access county services online, by phone, by email, or through the use of drop boxes located outside of county buildings.
The availability of remote services vary by office and department.

Click here for office and department contact information
Click here for information on COVID-19


​Questions and inquiries regarding News Release content should be directed to the Thurston County Public Information Officer:

Meghan Porter

Bryan Dominique

Thurston County News Release


Current News Releases

Past News Releases

Legal Notices


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Saturday, February 8, 2020
Eric Christensen, Water Resources Director, (360) 704-9570 or 

Sewage Pipe Breaks at Percival Creek
Residents urged to avoid the area

​OLYMPIA – A sewer pipe crossing Percival Creek in Olympia broke at about 10:30 p.m. on Friday, February 7, after a tree fell over a pedestrian bridge. As a result, sewage spilled into the creek approximately one half mile west of Deschutes Parkway. 

Residents are urged to avoid the area during repairs. Drinking water customers in the vicinity may have experienced reduced water pressure up until 12 a.m., however the City of Olympia has restored full water pressure and there are no drinking water quality concerns.

People and pets should avoid contact with the water below the Cooper Point Bridge, to include Percival Cove, Capitol Lake, and inner Budd Inlet, until testing shows it is safe.

The City of Olympia has stopped the spill and Thurston County Public Health and Social Services is working with the city to assess the creek’s water quality and inform the public. It is not clear at this time how much sewage spilled into the creek.

- 30 -

County Commissioners:

John Hutchings
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3