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 committee taking another step forward

By Brooks Johnson
Posted: Sunday, April 12

While many continue to clamor for a fast change to Longview’s water system, the committee looking for those changes remains on a very procedural path.

Tuesday’s committee meeting will again focus on the criteria the 14 men and women will use to narrow their choices for potential tap water changes.

Committee members will discuss interviews with local residents about their own preferred criteria for fixing complaints.

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Longview tapwater committee examines its options

By Brooks Johnson
Posted: Thursday, March 19

It’s going to be a big second half. The city’s water committee is past its halfway mark en route to giving the Longview City Council a recommendation on improving the city’s water supply.

The 14-member committee on Tuesday looked at the criteria it will use to whittle down a list of more than 50 water supply options to three and, eventually, one.

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In the News: Water committee expected to start identifying priorities, options

By Brooks Johnson
Posted: Tuesday, March 17

On Tuesday, the city of Longview’s water committee will try to narrow the myriad options for improving the city’s water supply.

The 14-member group will examine the results of a recent community survey and a handful of interviews to find out what is most important when considering what to recommend to the City Council in July.

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