In the News: Longview committee settles on Cowlitz River Ranney wells for water fix

Posted: Friday, July 17

After months of study, Longview’s water committee Thursday night landed firmly on riverbed Ranney wells in the Cowlitz River as a solution to the city’s water woes.

There was little resistance in choosing the recommendation after eight lengthy monthly meetings and a slew of public outreach that seemed to agree that any way back to the Cowlitz as a water source would be worth a rate hike.

“I think the Ranney system’s the way to go because of the uncertainties with dealing with regulatory agencies for surface water,” committee member Rich Kirkpatrick said of the other final option considered. “I think we ought to be getting on the road on this. I think the Council should be commissioning a feasibility study right now.”

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