Accumulation of water at Ranney well forces Kelso to expand Longview water use | Government and Politics

A contract for the works is expected to be voted on by Kelso City Council before the end of the year and the required contract work is expected to be completed by March 31.

Longview water connection

It is not uncommon for Kelso to rely on Longview’s water supply in times of need and has relied on it at times in recent years. The city’s two water systems are connected to a location in western Kelso and there has been a permanent purchase contract for shared water since at least 2013.

For the past three summers, Kelso has used Longview’s water to supplement its supply during peak demand periods. The amount of water Kelso uses from the Longview system varies with demand.

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Until they tell us to turn the valve off, they get what they need and we bill them by the meter, ”said Longview public works manager Ken Hash.

According to Kardas, during peak demand periods, Longview water accounts for about 20% of the flow at Kelso. He said there have been no concerns raised by residents about the mixed water sources.

A change in the City of Kelso’s budget next year would provide $ 160,000 to pay for water purchased from Longview.

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