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: Longview water open house set for Tuesday

By Brooks Johnson, The Daily News
Posted: Thursday, June 25

To keep the process as clear as the water we all hope to have, Longview's water committee is holding an informal open house Tuesday.

Residents are encouraged to stop by and see the progress made by the citizen committee, formed out of a $217,000 water study to address water quality complaints that followed the city's switch to Mint Farm wells 18 months ago.

The open house will run from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Cowlitz PUD auditorium, 961 12th Ave. No formal presentations will be given, so residents can come and go as they please.

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Online Open House and Survey Available Soon

Posted: Tuesday, June 23

An online open house and survey will soon be available that provide 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 CAC’s recommendations to City Council and the District Board. The deadline to take the survey is July 6.

The survey will be posted to the website when it is available and an email announcement sent to the stakeholder list (sign up here). Hardcopies will also be made available at Longview City Hall. 

In the News: Longview water committee eyes Cowlitz River as solution

By Brooks Johnson, The Daily News
Posted: Wednesday, June 10

Tuesday’s water committee meeting will be the most important yet as the group of 14 narrows down — perhaps to one — its options to improve Longview’s water.

It could be a race to the finish as a close look at feasibility, costs and effectiveness start making some of the more than 40 options look much better or worse than others.

By the end of the night, the group might have a good idea for what the city should do to take care of the taste, smell and silica-spotting concerns brought on by the Mint Farm water.

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