It’s going to cost about $217,000 to hire a consultant company to conduct a feasibility and cost study to find out what would be involved with going back to the Cowlitz River for Longview’s water supply. On June 26th, the City Council directed staff to develop a scope of work and cost estimate for the study, action that comes after continuing citizen complaints about water quality in the city. Last night, Mayor Don Jensen broke a 3-3 tie and voted to move ahead with the study. Following state law, staff is recommending that the company of CH2MHill be hired to conduct the study, which would involve a Citizens’ Advisory Committee, a study website, a statistically valid customer survey, open houses, public service announcements and other methods to inform the citizens. The cost of the study will be paid with dollars that remain in the Regional Water Supply Project budget.