The city is proposing a $4.5 million water bond to finance a water treatment plant to remove perchloroethylene (PCE) from the city’s drinking water.
If approved, water rates are expected to increase $5 per month to cover the cost of repaying the bonds and operating the facility, according to the city’s website. The council is also considering raising water rates an additional $4 per month to fund a Capital Replacement Program to update aging infrastructure on a yearly basis rather than replacing it all at the same time.
The proposed treatment facility would clean up four contaminated drinking wells in Woods Cross. It would be located on land the city owns near the public works shop and close to well number four, west of 1100 West and 2300 North, according to information provided by City Manager Gary Uresk at a previous council meeting.
The PCE is present because of contamination from a dry-cleaning facility that closed decades ago on the current ShopKo site.
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, according to information provided by the city prior to open houses held in the spring.