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.

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In the News: Council's turn on Longview water decisions

By Brooks Johnson, The Daily News
Posted: Friday, August 21

There were no pitchforks or angry balled fists, no hurricanes of shouts.

No, Longview’s water committee rather politely told the City Council on Thursday night: “It’s your turn.”

The group tasked with finding a way to improve the city’s tap water gave its long-awaited recommendation: Get the city’s water from the Cowlitz River via riverbed Ranney wells.

It was the most sparsely attended water committee event since the group formed in January to tackle taste, smell and silica residue concerns brought on by the Mint Farm wells.

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In the News: Reminder: Longview water committee presentation tonight

By The Daily News
Posted: Thursday, August 20

Longview's water committee will give its recommendation to City Council tonight.

The committee, formed as part of a water supply study launched last summer, is recommending the city move its water source from the Mint Farm to the Cowlitz River via riverbed Ranney wells.

The supply switch is expected to cost $30 million to $55 million — a $5 to $13 monthly rate hike.

There will be a report and presentation tonight on what led to that decision and what comes next — should the Council follow through with the recommendation.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in City Hall, 1525 Broadway.

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Committee Recommendations Posted

Posted: Friday, August 14

The Customer Advisory Committee (CAC) has finalized their recommendations for improving Longview's drinking water supply. A summary report of the Longview Drinking Water Improvement Study, including the CAC recommendations, has been posted. The final step of the CAC's evaluation is to present their recommendations to Longview City Council and Beacon Hill Water & Sewer District Board of Commissioners at a joint workshop on August 20.

Click to download a copy of the Study Report and CAC Recommendations. If you would like to provide input, you may do so via the online comment form or during the public comment period at the August 20 meeting. 

Meeting details: 

  • Longview City Council and Beacon Hill Water & Sewer District Board of Commissioners 
    Special Joint Session to Consider Water Improvement Recommendations 
    August 20, 2015
    Meeting begins 6:00 p.m.

    Council Chambers, Longview City Hall 
    1525 Broadway, Longview WA

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