The City of Hoquiam could be diversifying the way it gets water. With two breaks in the transmission line that supplies water from Davis Creek and the West Fork of the Hoquiam River, including one on Sunday night, the city is looking at alternate sources of public water. Testing by HDR Engineering’s Tim Hume has located an aquifer beneath the city that could be tapped with wells sunk near the city’s water treatment facility. However the prohibitive cost of over $400-thousand leaves the city at a crossroads: sink the wells and deal with the cost or put an equally large amount into the five phase repair and replacement of the damaged line when and if funding becomes available in 2013, starting with the most accessible and critical section. Hume says that first phase runs from the Y-Motel to the West Fork Hoquiam Bridge and would be followed by other replacement efforts until the entire six mile line is complete. The city council will continue to consider those options.



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