WOODS CROSS - Woods Cross City officials voted unanimously Tuesday night to issue $4.5 million in water revenue bonds for a new water treatment facility.
One council member was absent.
The facility will remove perchloroethylene (PCE) from Woods Cross’ drinking water at four contaminated wells. The PCE is present because of contamination from a dry cleaning facility that closed decades ago on the current ShopKo site, according to information provided by the city.
The council approved a $9 increase in water rates at its Dec. 3 meeting to pay for the bonds, after hearing from a handful of residents, both in favor of and opposed to the facility during an October public hearing.
The next step will be putting the project out to bid right after the first of the year. Those bids will be opened during the first week of February, Woods Cross City Manager Gary Uresk said. The city is looking at breaking ground the latter part of February or early March, and plan to have the facility completed by August.
More than 90 percent of the city’s drinking water comes from groundwater wells. The city collects and tests samples from the wells on a regular basis. The testing indicates that water from the four contaminated wells is still within safety requirements.