The effort to return to the Cowlitz River for Longview’s drinking water supply is dead.
Longview council members and Beacon Hill Water and Sewer District commissioners unanimously agreed Thursday to halt testing for a Ranney collector well system.
The vote follows months of discouraging water quality testing of potential Cowlitz River Ranney locations. Silica and iron concentrations were far higher than at the Mint Farm artesian well system.
Longview and Beacon Hill officials said they want to pursue a staff-recommended plan to improve the taste and odor problems with water from the Mint Farm well system.