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Staff will calculate the building permit fee for you, but if you want a general idea of the cost, see the Building Permit Fee Guide.
Property owners seeking to connect to City utilities like water or sanitary sewer should contact the Engineering Department, located in the Civic Center Annex at 321 S. Balsam, and complete a Utility Service Request form for the address. City staff will determine where City utilities are located relative to the property, inform you of all development or reimbursement charges and fees associated with connecting, and walk you through the connection process. Connection fees are based on pipe and meter sizes requested, and other factors unique to your property. For additional information, see
The short answer is this: come in to the Engineering Counter in the Civic Center Annex, 321 S. Balsam, and meet with one of our engineers. We would be happy to pull up our utility map and show you what City utility services are available near your property. For utility locates prior to a digging project, call the One-Call Utility Notification Center at 811, 1-800-424-5555, or enter your service request online.
The main station is located at 701 E. Third Ave. The Fire Chief’s Office and Fire Marshal’s Office are located at this station. The public entrance is located on the Third Avenue side of the building.
Call the department administrative coordinator at (509) 764-3848 to schedule inspections.
Tours are available Tuesday through Friday from 8:00 am through 5:00 pm at our headquarters station located at 701 E. 3rd Avenue. An appointment for the tour is necessary. Please contact the administrative assistant at (509) 764-3847 to obtain a request form.
For more information on how to use an AED, please the following website. www.heart.org/cpr
The City of Moses Lake and the Moses Lake Police Dept. cannot accept payments for photo infractions. Please call 1-877-847-2338, online www.photonotice.com, or mail your payment to: Moses Lake Intersection Safety Enhancement Program Payment Center PO Box 76886 Cleveland, OH 44101-6500 If the vehicle was not in your Care, Custody, or Control, please follow the instructions on the back of the infraction and mail in your response. If you would like to contest the infraction, please send in the coupon as instructed and you will be sent a Notice of Hearing for your scheduled hearing date. If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact Teri Oliver, Moses Lake Police Dept. at (509) 764-3888.
Failure to respond within the allotted time results in an order that the infraction was committed and the account may be assigned to a collection agency.
Moses Lake Municipal Court is held every third Friday of each month at 9:30 am in the District Court Building located at 1525 E. Wheeler Rd. in Moses Lake. Please call the City Clerk's Office at (509) 764-3713 the week of your court date to verify placement on the docket.
You can register online, or in person at the Moses Lake Museum & Art Center, 401 S. Balsam St.
Please visit this our Artists Opportunities page Gallery shows are scheduled one to two years in advance and run for approximately 6-8 weeks.
Please contact Curator Ann Schempp for more information about donating. Email Ann or call 509-764-3825.
The Moses Lake Museum & Art Center cannot appraise, evaluate or provide guidance regarding the sale of artifacts, specimens, photographs, printed works or original documents. Please refer to the websites of the following organizations. While they do not provide appraisals, they do maintain directories of members and their appraisal specialties: Appraisers Association of America, American Society of Appraisers, International Society of Appraisers, and Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America.
You can register and reserve your spot for a program or activity:
You can find out about upcoming programs by liking us on Facebook, calling our main phone at (509) 764-3812, signing up on Notify Me (click on the link below the Recreation Program Brochure), and/or by clicking on the Current Brochure on our main page.
You can register for a class after it has started if the class has space. Please call (509) 764-3812 or visit the front desk staff at the Larson Recreation Center at 610 W Yakima Ave to check availability. We are unable to prorate classes.
Dogs are allowed at City parks, but they must remain on a leash at all times. Please refer to the City’s dog ordinance for more information.
You can make a reservation a couple different ways:
Snow removal from sidewalks along your home and/or business is the responsibility of all citizens. The best time to shovel snow is immediately after it falls and before ice can begin to form. Individuals are asked to place their shoveled/plowed snow in the gutter or on their property and NOT in the bike lane, on the sidewalk, or the street. Please refer to the City of Moses Lake Municipal Code 12.20.010 Sidewalk Service Required.
The City's policy requires the property owners to remove the berm for their driveway (see graphic). The City uses a contractor to clear the neighborhood roads, but this does not include clearing of residential driveways. There are tow reasons for not clearing driveways; the cost are prohibitive, and the contractor has identified that many of the residential streets are narrow and the equipment makes it difficult to navigate, causing vehicle accidents.
Las políticas de la Municipalidad requiere que los dueños de propiedades remuevan las bermas (vea el dibujo). La Municipalidad utiliza los servicios de un contrastista para remover la nieve de los caminos de los vecindarios, pero esto no incluye la limpienza de las entradas de autos en zonas residenciales. Existen dos razones por las cuales la ciudad no quita las nieves de las entradas de autos: Los costos son altísimos y el contratista también dijo que muchas de las calles de barrios residenciales son angostas y tales equipos hacen difícil el transitar estas calles y causan accidentes vehiculares.
All the residential streets will be plowed when the City calls in the contractor to plow all the residential streets. The contract divides the City into three sections, so that the contractor can work on each of the three sections simultaneously. The residential contract typically takes two to three days. The determination of when to call in the residential snowplow contractor is based on road conditions, depth of snowfall, and future weather forecast. The contractor can typically prepare their equipment and get a crew lined up within 12 hours after the call is made by the city. The weather does not always play fair, and sometimes the holidays make it difficult for the contractor to get a crew lined up.
Todas las calles residenciales serán visitadas por el quitanieve cuando la Municipalidad le avise al contratista que es hora de remover la nieve de las calles residenciales. El contrato divide a la ciudad de Moses Lake en tres partes, para que el contratista pueda dedicarse a cada una de las tres secciones simultáneamente. El contrato residencial típicamente se demora entre dos a tres días. La decisión de cuándo llamar a un contratista para que use un quitanieves en un barrio residencial se basa en la estado de los caminos, la profundidad de la nevazón y el pronóstico del tiempo. El contratista típicamnete logra preparar sus equipos y reunir a un grupo de trabajadores en las 12 horas posteriores al llamadao de la Municipalidad. El clima no siempre jeuga limpio y a veces las fiestas de fin ano hacen que el contratista sufra complicaciones al tartar de reunir un grupo.
The City applies a liquid product consisting of Magnesium chloride (MgCl). The concentration is determined by the road temperatures and predicted snowfall.
La Municipalidad aplica un producto líquido que consiste en cloruro de magnesio (MgCl). La concentración de los ingredients es determinada por la temperatura de los caminos y la cantidad de nieve que se haya pronosticado.
A solid granular product comprised of sand and salt (sodium chloride) is used when roads get iced up.
Un product sólido y granulado, compuesto de arena y sal (cloruro de sodio) es lo que se ocupa cuando los caminos se hielan.
Runoff carries pollutants like oil, grease and heavy metals from vehicles, chemicals and animal waste from lawns, and physical debris like soils and trash into our waterways and wetlands, compromising the health of our watershed. Urban runoff is the leading source of water pollution in Washington State.
In areas of smaller annual rainfall like the Columbia Basin, pollutant load can be even greater because pollutants have a greater time to collect and concentrate on surfaces between storm events.
Contact us at (509) 764-3951, Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For issues after hours or on weekends/holidays, please contact MACC Dispatch at (509) 762-1160.
To minimize or prevent flood events, follow these easy three steps:• Know where the storm drains on your street are• Keep leaves and snow clear of drain grates• Call us when you observe a problem
A stormwater utility is a special assessment set up to generate funding specifically for stormwater management. Businesses and residents within the City of Moses Lake pay a stormwater fee, and the revenue collected directly supports maintenance of the existing storm drain systems, development of drainage plans, water quality programs, and funds major capital expenses. The funds pay for the ongoing and routine maintenance of the drainage system, major capital expenses for new storm sewer construction, and EPA Phase II stormwater permit requirements.
During regular business hours, please call the Public Works office at (509)764-3951. The Public Works office regulars business hours are Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (excluding holidays). For emergency concerns after hours, or on weekends and holidays, please call the Public Works office at (509)764-3951 and select option 1 to contact standby personnel.
During regular business hours, call the Public Works office at (509)764-3951. The Public Works office regular business hours are Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m (excluding holidays). For emergency street concerns after hours, or on weekends and holidays, please call the Public Works office at (509)764-3951 and select option 1 to contact standby personnel.
The Surf 'n Slide Water Park opens in late May and closes in early September. Check the Hours page for more specific information.
You can pick up your season pass and have your picture taken only in the Surf 'n Slide Water Park lobby. We encourage season pass holders to come on the following days when we are not open to avoid slowing down the lines. We will create passes during open hours, however we may ask for your patience if the lines are incredibly long.
Tuesday, May 23rd 4 - 6 p.m.Wednesday, May 24th 4 - 6 p.m.Thursday, May 25th 4 - 6 p.m.Friday, May 26th 2 - 8 p.m.Tuesday, May 30th 4 - 6 p.m.Thursday, June 1st 4 - 6 p.m.Tuesday, June 6th 4 - 6 p.m.Thursday, June 8th 4 - 6 p.m.
We accept: cash, check, Visa, Mastercard and Discover. Check should be made out to "City of Moses Lake."
Yes. You can reserve the picnic shelter for $20 per hour during open hours here.
The picnic shelter is the only BBQ in the facility. You will need to provide your own charcoal, lighter fluid and match if you choose to grill. Reserving the picnic shelter does not allow anyone to skip the line on busy days, so make sure you show up early to avoid waiting in line during your reserved time. Picnic shelter rentals DO NOT include admission into the water park.
Yes. There is an admission fee for anyone who enters the facility.
Yes. There are height and weight requirements specified by the engineers who created these attractions to ensure your safety. The height and weight requirements are as follows: Slides - 48" tall and max weight of 250 lbs, Body Boarding - 42" & Flowboarding (stand-up) - 52". There is no weight restriction for the Flowrider. Life jackets or any sort of flotation device may not be worn or used on the Flowrider or the slides. All Flowboarding (stand-up) riders must sign a waiver in the Surf Shack. Parent/guardian permission is required for youth under the age of 18 to participate on the Flowrider in the stand-up position. You may do so by signing the back of the Flowrider waiver.
Yes. We have coin operated lockers that cost $0.25 per use.
We have towels for sale in the Surf Shop. Lifejackets available to be borrowed if available, however you're welcome to bring your own.
The concession stand is operated by Tacos Mi Casa. They have a variety of items including tacos, burritos, churros, candy, sundaes, ice cream cones, popcorn, chips, hot dogs, corn dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chicken sandwiches, chicken strip baskets, soft pretzels, nachos, fries, onion rings and more...
Anytime we're open we're available to answer the phone. Our phone is continuously ringing so we schedule one person every day to do nothing but answer the phone. If you don't get through at first, that means we're currently helping someone. Please keep calling until you're able to reach us.
No, however you can purchase a punch card in our lobby to save $1 per admission. Punch cards have 10 punches per card and can be used by anyone of the age category of the card.
This data helps create our reports to show accurate numbers of where our guests come from as we receive grant funding for tourism. No other information is kept for this report.
Yes! You can set up to pay your utility bill automatically from a credit card, debit card or bank account. Just go to
If you are a property owner or property manager you need to complete and submit a Property Owner Utility Services Request. Valid government issued photo ID is required. If you are requesting services remotely the form will need to notarized. The original notarized form is required, no photo copies.
If you are a tenant, you will need to complete and submit a Tenant Utility Services Request (completed by tenant) and a Utility Services Waiver (completed by property owner or manager).Valid government issued photo ID is required. If you are requesting services remotely the form will need to notarized. The original notarized form is required, no photo copies. The account will not be put into your name until both forms are received by out Utility Department.
Please call Utility Billing at (509)764-3715
If you encounter a sewer backup, please call the City prior to calling a private drain cleaning service. The City will dispatch a crew to check the main sanitary sewer line at no cost to you. If the blockage is located in the main sewer line, the City will remedy the problem as quickly as possible. If the blockage occurs between the main sewer line and your house, you will be required to call a plumber to remove the blockage. The City suggests that you compare the prices, guarantees, availability, and work experience of at least three licensed plumbers.
If you have a sewer backup, please call the Public Works office at (509)764-3951. The Public Works office regular business hours are Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (excluding holidays). For emergency wastewater problems after hours or on weekends and holidays, please call the Public Works office at 509.764.3951 and select option 1 to contact standby personnel.
On June 27, 2023, the Moses Lake City Council adopted Ordinance 3029, updating the City's water conservation guidelines. Here are the main changes: No irrigating on Monday, water conservation measures are now year-round, not just limited from June – September and all irrigation is prohibited from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., year-round. Odd address and even addresses have designated days they can water in order to space out the water demand. Odd addresses may irrigate Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Even addresses may irrigate Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
The City has been monitoring the water levels at our wells. This monitoring effort as well as numerous regional reports have shown that the levels within the City’s wells are declining. Some well pumps are starving for water and sucking air. The restrictions allow for irrigation watering during times of less strain on the system. This reduces the amount of air in the system and conserves water due to efficiency.
The conservation measures can be repealed by City Council. They are also scheduled to be re-visited every two years. The measures are important to help support the struggling aquifer.
Yes, you must prevent the wash water from entering the storm drains. Wash water is considered an Illicit Discharge by Moses Lake Municipal Code 13.02.020. If your nearby drain flows into the lake, the wash water could carry pollutants into the lake.
It would be best to sweep sidewalks to reduce the amount of water for uses other than drinking and cooking.
Grasses typically found in the area are varieties of fescue, ryegrass, and bluegrass. These varieties are known to require late evening or early morning watering. This prevents evaporation loss and restricts how long the foliage stays wet to avoid fungus problems.
You are not prohibited from watering when it’s raining, but you likely don’t need to irrigate if there has been recent rainfall.
No, watering of gardens is usually done in a controlled environment. Water is regulated and plants are typically not overwatered. Excessive watering should be reduced.
Yes. Watering of such vegetation is usually done in a controlled environment. Excessive watering should be reduced.
The City is actively working on multiple programs to assist owners to reduce their water footprint. A few of the programs are rebate programs for irrigation timers and turf replacement rebates.
Some of the City systems are in the process of being updated. Various parks have analog timers that are being updated to include smart technology to detect the presence of rain and shut the system down.
When the intake of the well pumps is not fully submersed in water, or if the water level is drawn down quicker than the water in the aquifer can recharge, it creates cavitation at the intake. Cavitation produces air bubbles in the water.
No, pools and water recreation are typically filled, and the water is shut off once completed.
The well data has shown that on Mondays the water system has the greatest strain. Reductions of irrigation on Mondays allow water to be used for indoor use and reduce air bubbles in water.
Evaporation reduces the effectiveness of the irrigation, humidity, wind speed and temperature can waste 20-30% of the water. Additionally, it provides greater irrigation pressures during the night because the demand on the system is less. This results in better coverage when you do water your turf.
If you can adjust your watering times to the late evenings or early mornings, the increase in watering times is allowed, but not recommended.
Yes. The Parks Maintenance Division has changed all but a few system timers on irrigation systems that use domestic metered water so that they will not water on Mondays and will water no more than three days a week. Parks facilities that are irrigated with lake water will continue irrigating any day of the week that is needed, as they are not subject to the watering restrictions. Allowed exceptions are the City's major athletic fields at Larson, Lauzier, and Yonezawa parks.
The new schedule for irrigating pertains to all customers on City water. This includes businesses and residents inside City limits as well as those customers outside City limits that are connected to City water.
The Water Conservation website has links to numerous documents that provide information about the problem, resources about turf irrigation and examples of attractive Heritage Garden style landscaping that utilize drought tolerant plants.
Many community members are excited at the new industry coming into town and are supportive of the new jobs that will be available for the locals. However, many people are also aware that housing is becoming unaffordable, and one reason for that is because there is not enough housing available.
The City Council has opted to support the construction of new homes and apartments, to help ease the burden for our existing community members. We know that the City will still have enough water for the new homes and businesses, if the existing residents and business owners are willing to do their part to limit the amount of water they use to irrigate their lawns in the summer.
In addition to these conservation measures being asked of the residents, the City is working with the developers constructing new housing developments, to eliminate the use of drinking water for watering lawns. Depending on the location, and when feasible, the City is seeking use of separate irrigation lines that would pump non-potable water.
Yes, there must still be some type of landscaping replacing the turf. The Columbia Basin Conservation District can provide additional resources on alternative plantings or design
Yes, the City is enforcing the water conservation program. Staff are driving neighborhoods and responding to customer complaints. If residents are home, staff first seek to engage the resident or business operate to educate them on the program guidelines. If no one is available at the home or business, a door tag with program information is left.
After contact has been made, the first offense is a warning and additional educated on the water conservation schedule. Further offenses are detailed in Chapter 1.08.030 of the Moses Lake Municipal Code. Second offenses are C-13, third offenses are C-7, and fourth offenses are C-4.
This condition is caused by hydrogen sulfide, a gas that occurs naturally in the water. To treat this we dose the water pumped from our wells, as it enters the distribution system, with sodium hypochlorite. This chemical produces a chlorine residual which oxidizes the gas and removes the smell. When the chlorine residual level drops, you will notice the "rotten-egg" smell. This is not a problem of health but of aesthetics. It is unpleasant to use water that has a repulsive odor.
Please contact the Public Works office at (509)764-3951 if you have concerns. The Public Works office regular business hours are Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (excluding holidays). For emergency water concerns after hours, or on weekends and holidays, please call the Public Works office at (509)764-3951 and select option 1 to contact standby personnel.
Sediment and rust accumulate in the bottom of the City water mains. If the water moves through the water mains at a faster speed than normal, it disturbs this accumulation and the sediment is visible in the water. Most often this happens when the water mains are flushed out or the water is turned off for a repair and then restarted. It takes several hours for the sediment to settle down. Once the sediment has settled down in the water, you may still have sediment in your plumbing system. Let the water run in a sink or bathtub until it is clear. It is advised not to use the water until it is clear.
Please call the Public Works office at (509)764-3951 if you have concerns. The Public Works office regular business hours are Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (excluding holidays). For emergency water concerns, after hours, or on weekends and holidays, please call the Public Works office at (509)764-3951 and select option 1 to contact standby personnel.