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College Place studies consolidation with irrigation district

College Place Mayor Norma Hernandez

COLLEGE PLACE, Washington – The College Place City Council is moving forward on a consolidation feasibility study between the city and the Green Tank Irrigation District. Mayor Norma Hernandez said the district serves a pocket of the city between Rose Street, C Street, College Avenue and Myra Road.

Hernandez said decades ago, when most of that area was farmland, property owners had their own irrigation district. However, today, that area has evolved into housing and small businesses.

Presently the district has been faced with limited water storage capacity. Hernandez estimated the district only has storage for about 10,000 gallons which is drastically less than the city’s 1 million gallon storage capacity in its system.

Another challenge the district is dealing with is limited connections – only 194 — and it only has one staff member. Hernandez said the city would benefit by consolidating with the district.

“It will give us rights to three water wells that we currently don’t have access too,” she said.

The city was awarded a grant late last year by the Washington State Department of Health to fund a consolidation feasibility study. Hernandez said the city hopes to have the results of the study completed by early 2021.

If the city and customers of the district decide, after reviewing the study, that the consolidation is a good thing, Hernandez said the city council and the district would have to vote on joining forces.

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