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.
The online survey is now closed. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback. The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) will review the survey results at their next meeting, when they are slated to finalize their recommendations to the City Council and District Board. The meeting is scheduled for July 16.
The online open house will remain live. Visit http://openhouse.jla.us.com/project/longview-water-1 to visit it.
The online open house and survey is now live and will be available through July 6.
The online open house provides the opportunity to learn more about the water supply options under consideration and to share your opinions. Input from the survey will help inform the Customer Advisory Committee's (CAC) recommendations to City Council and the District Board.
Hard copies of the survey will be available at Longview City Hall beginning Monday, June 29.
The deadline to take the survey is July 6.