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 Inc., 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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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.
- Water Quality Characterization Fact Sheet (PDF) – A general overview of Task 1 activities and findings.
- Residual Chemicals in Reclaimed Water, Groundwater, and Surface Water (PDF) – A high level summary and comparison of results from the three Task 1 technical memos.
Task 2: Treatment Effectiveness Evaluation – underway; completion expected in early 2019.
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 2019.
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 early 2020.
Consider long-term costs and benefits of various options for managing reclaimed water, including various levels of treatment and alternative uses of the water.