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Water Report

Posted on 24th October 2013 at 16:04

The Longview City Council meets at 7 pm tonight, and they’ll once again be discussing the city’s water supply issues. A presentation is planned toward the beginning of tonight’s meeting, where city staff will provide an update on the latest measures being taken, along with additional steps to resolve the issue long-term. City staff is recommending a temporary rate reduction for that part of town that has been hardest-hit by water quality problems, along with expanded study and analysis of the water supply, particularly in problem areas. It’s currently estimated that 400 water accounts would be affected by the rate reduction, with other individual users to be considered on a case-by-case basis. In addition, City Manager Bob Gregory plans to ask the Council to declare an emergency, dealing with replacement of water mains in the area of town worst affected. It’s currently estimated that replacement of those mains would cost about $1.9 million, and would be paid for through the Water Construction Fund. City staff notes that other projects may have to be delayed to move this replacement project to the front of the line. It’s also noted that even if construction were to start tomorrow, it would still take about three months to complete this project.