While we have recently seen a flurry of activities off of U Street, south of Bay Avenue in Ocean Park, with the construction of a new Verizon cellular tower to provide the north end of the North Beach Peninsula with much-needed expanded cellular service, other activities are underway out of sight by North Beach Water.
To the east of the construction site for the new tower, our North Beach Water crew along with Bison Well Drilling of Spanaway, began this week to set up and drill a test well to determine if this is an area the district wants to develop a new well field. The 10-acre parcel has the potential to locate up to eight new wells for the future.
Many of the districts wells have been in service since the late 1950s and 1960s. Some of the districts wells are experiencing reduced yield where others have failed completely. While in some areas of our state 50 to 60 years seems short for a public production well, but in our area we have a lot of iron and manganese in our water supply, which requires the district to pay special attention to our well yields.
Developing a new well field is the first step in overhauling our water system to provide for the future. Over the next few months you will begin to see and hear of other projects, funded by low-interest government loans and grants, by the district, to include treatment upgrades to both the north and south well fields along with some major line extensions to provide for improved distribution hydraulics, fire flow and better water quality in our system.
I encourage all of our ratepayers to attend our monthly commissioner meetings to hear of our progress and learn of new planned projects in the coming months. We meet at our District office on the third Mondays of each month at 6 p.m. Thank you for your continued support.
R D Williams
North Beach Water District