The City of Longview and the Beacon Hill Water & Sewer District (BHWSD) currently supply customers with drinking water sourced from groundwater wells and treated at the Mint Farm Regional Water Treatment Plant. Mint Farm reliably produces drinking water that meets all regulatory standards. But when a 2014 survey found that a large majority of water customers were unsatisfied with their water, the City and BHWSD undertook a study of water quality improvement options. The study, completed between 2014 and early 2016, considered more than 50 different options to modify the water supply and improve water quality. Switching the water source from Mint Farm groundwater wells to Cowlitz River riverbed collector wells was initially identified as a preferred alternative. However, disappointing water quality testing results caused this approach to be removed from consideration in July 2016. (Find out more about the study here.)
The City and BHWSD are currently looking into treatment modifications at Mint Farm that may improve water quality and address some of the issues that have concerned customers. Later this year, staff will recommend next steps to address taste and odor complaints and propose methods to evaluate treatment options for silica removal.
There will be an opportunity for public comment near the end of the meeting. As usual, the meeting will be located in the Training Room at City Hall, 1525 Broadway, Longview.
In October, 2015, the Longview City Council approved a consultant contract to analyze three potential sites for a possible new water supply using riverbed collector wells. The three sites are located in the areas of North Lexington, South Lexington, and Fisher’s Lane Water Treatment Plant. After acquiring necessary permits and gaining approval for property access, the consultant team completed exploratory drilling to test for probable water quantity and collected initial water quality samples for analysis. The consultant team is now preparing a report for the Customer Advisory Committee (CAC), City Council, Beacon Hill Water and Sewer District Board, and the public to review. After review of the report, the consultant team will be given direction by the City Council and Beacon Hill Water and Sewer District Board regarding conducting a second phase of drilling and testing at a preferred site, to collect more detailed information for the potential of future riverbed collector wells.
For a more detailed schedule of the Collector Well Feasibility Analysis click here.