General Information

Neah Kah Nie Water District was formed in 1967 and serves the residential community of 362 homes north of the Manzanita City limits, all within Tillamook County, Oregon.

The District is run by a Board of 5 elected directors (commissioners), CHAIR – Bob Joseph (position 2), SECRETARY – Tom Mock (position 5), MEMBERS – Larry Kiser (position 1), Bill Harshbarger (position 4), and Ric Nichols (position 3) along with part-time staff comprising a General Manager, Richard Felley and a certified System Operator, Doug Chance.

The Board meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00PM in the District office. The public is always welcome to attend.

Water sources for the District are from four springs located on NeahKahNie Mountain.

Water line-historic photo

Because this water supply has only state park lands and forest lands above, there are virtually no contaminants detected in our water supply.  For details on water analysis please visit the Oregon Health Authority website at

In 2005-2006, the District underwent significant renovations that included replacement of several miles of aging and outdated water mains (we have over 9 miles total), construction of a new reservoir (concrete tank) on the mountain, refurbishment of an existing tank in the Lower Zone, updating of all four spring beds to comply with current health and engineering standards, and installation of security fencing where needed. All these improvements were paid for by loans from the state of Oregon Business Department (then Oregon Economic and Community Development Department). These loans total just over 2 million dollars with final payments due in 2034. A monthly System Enhancement Fee of $20 is charged on all accounts in order to repay these loans.

News From NKNWD

SCADA Telemetry System Replaced – After nearly 20 years of non-stop service, the aging telemetry system was replaced entirely with a new system manufactured by Abbey Systems. Before telemetry, the System Operator would drive from site to site to monitor and control tank levels and pumps and valves. With the introduction of telemetry the System Operator could save some time and trips by monitoring tank levels and flow rates by looking at a display panel in the office. With today’s system we have gained yet another level by allowing the Operator to view and control from not only the office, but anywhere he can login through Internet access. Additionally, we relocated the heart of the system out of the tsunami zone so that it has a better chance of remaining operational after an earthquake and tsunami event.

Doug Chance – Alternate System Operator for George Gorsuch, assumed primary water operator duties upon George’s retirement.

George Gorsuch – System Operator for the District since 1998, retired February 2012. George was a part-time employee and did an outstanding job for the District as a certified water operator during his years here. He lived in NeahKahnie Beach and retired when he and his wife decided to move back to the Portland area. Thank you George for 14 years of exemplary service!

Bradley Beach – General Manager retired from the District September of 2009.

Richard Felley – Hired August of 2009 to replace retiring General Manager Bradley Beach.