Study Results

A large-scale, multi-year, scientific study

The effort began in 2012 with an extensive planning effort to gather community input and design a study to address key community questions. HDR Engineering was hired to assist with the study.

The implementation phase of the study is an ambitious multi-year effort made up of four main tasks that involve extensive planning, field work, analysis, reporting, and public involvement. Preparations for each task of the study are complex and  take a considerable amount of time. Each task requires distinct phases of field work and analyses, and completion can span a year or more. Updates on study progress are provided intermittently when there are new developments to report.

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Study Tasks
The four main study tasks are described below, with results from each task posted as they become available.

Task 1: Water Quality Characterization – completed in 2017.
Test groundwater, surface water, wastewater, and reclaimed water in the Hawks Prairie and Tumwater study areas for residual chemicals.

Task 2: Treatment Effectiveness Evaluation – underway; completion expected in late summer 2021.
Analyze where reclaimed water infiltrated at the Hawks Prairie site goes, how quickly the water travels, and how the water quality changes over time.

Task 3: Risk Assessment – underway; completion expected in late summer 2021.
Evaluate relative risks to people and the environment that may result from infiltrating reclaimed water to replenish groundwater.

Task 4: Cost/ Benefit Analysis not yet begun; completion expected in winter 2021.
Consider long-term costs and benefits of various options for managing reclaimed water, including various levels of treatment and alternative uses of the water.