Clipper Staff Writer
WOODS CROSS — The Woods Cross City Council has adopted a resolution to take out a $4.5 loan to solve the city’s contaminated water problem.
The council authorized the sale of $4.5 million in water revenue bonds Tuesday night.
A public hearing will be held during the city council meeting on Oct. 15.
The money will be used to build a water treatment facility to remove perchloroethene (PCE) and other contaminants from the city’s four water wells.
“A member of the water board went to bat for us, telling other board members (the contamination) wasn’t our fault and that we’ve been proactive in taking care of it,” Councilmember Ryan Westergard said.
The PCE is present because of contamination from a dry cleaning facility that closed decades ago on the current site of Shopko.
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, according to information provided by the city.
According to that information, in four of the wells that tested positive for PCE, levels of the chemical were within safety requirements.
City officials have said the water is safe to drink.
A survey conducted at the open houses last spring showed that about 80 percent of residents who attended believe the contamination was a very high priority.
Nearly 55 percent said they would be willing to pay an additional $6-$10 monthly on their water bills. Another 25 percent said they would be willing to pay as much as $11 to $15 more per month to build the facility.
The facility will be located on land the city owns near its public works shop and close to well number four, west of 1100 West and 2300 South. It could be on line by spring of 2014.