WOODS CROSS – Woods Cross City is down to using one well for its drinking water supply. One solution may be to build a treatment plant and pipe water from all the wells through it.
That will take money, and the city council is looking at putting a proposal on the November ballot to charge residents $9 a month to fund it, said Woods Cross City Manager Gary Uresk.
No decision has been made on such a proposal, and Uresk is not sure a decision can wait until November. The city will be putting out information on its website, Uresk said.
In the meantime, residents don’t have to worry about running out of water.
“We have plenty of water below the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) standard” through the city’s number 3 and 5 wells,” Uresk said. The EPA’s maximum contaminant level is 5 parts per billion.
North Salt Lake is also facing problems with tainted water from PCE and has shut down two of its five wells. Their situation is a little different though, according to NSL Public Works Director Rod Wood.
“We have another well drilled which we haven’t started using,” Wood said. But the city will eventually need the two closed wells for future growth, Wood said.
North Salt Lake is still investigating its options.
PCE is a chemical solvent which leeched into the water systems through much of south Davis County after a dry cleaner released the chemical into the groundwater back in 1967.
The plume was part of EPA’s Superfund clean-up, but both Uresk and Wood said their cities have been told they won’t get any of the money originally designated for clean up of contaminated sites.
“We asked and were essentially told no,” Uresk said. “We were basically told, ‘you’re on your own.’”
It’s a matter of no money being left in the fund and that the EPA apparently isn’t cleaning up such sites anymore. he said.
In 2011, the EPA estimated it would take $4.7 million to build a treatment facility in Woods Cross and city officials now estimate it at $4 million.