The Dapitan City Water District (DapCWD) was established by virtue of PD 198 and Resolution No. 87, passed by the Sangguniang Panlunsod of Dapitan on December 9, 1981 to provide safe, adequate and potable water at reasonable cost to the people of Dapitan.

Joint Resolution No. 1 was passed and approved by the Sangguniang Panlunsod and the newly-formed Board of Directors of the District during their joint session on January 11, 1982 to grant the request for a formal turn-over of the system from the defunct Zamboanga del Norte Metro Water District to the Dapitan City Water District of all its properties, equipment, facilities and all assets of the existing water system found within the territorial jurisdiction of the city. Said Resolution was acted and implemented on the 13th day of January, 1982. Then on February 4, 1982, the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) issued Certificate of Conformance (CCC) No. 184 in recognition of the full conformance with the standards of service to the public.

The DapCWD started from a small water district category but because of management efforts, it was gradually re-categorized until it reached the medium category. In 2004, it was nominated as “Most Outstanding Water District in Mindanao” under the medium category. Historical statistics also show an increase in production, population served and personnel employed.