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.
A public open house will be held on June 30 to share information with the community on the study, evaluation process, alternatives considered and to ask for input from community members. Public feedback will inform the selection of the Preferred Alternative.
This will be a drop-in style event; no formal presentations are planned. Members of the public will have the opportunity to visit information stations and talk with project team and CAC members at their leisure.
The date and location of the meeting are:
Tuesday, June 30, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Cowlitz County PUD Auditorium, 961 12th Ave, Longview
In order to accommodate the full agenda, the June 9 CAC meeting will be three hours long, from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. 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.