With a single source of water supply on the McKenzie River, EWEB is working to develop an emergency water supply program to help address the water supply system’s vulnerability to catastrophic events, such as a powerful earthquake. EWEB has long pursued a second source of surface water supply, but has prioritized the use of emergency groundwater wells because of the balance between water reliability and affordability.
GSI evaluated the potential to use existing or new groundwater wells to supply emergency water distribution sites where water customers would bring personal containers to fill with groundwater. GSI reviewed available hydrogeologic information to assess potential well yield at each proposed site and evaluated well siting factors. We also assessed water rights and regulatory compliance issues with operating the wells as emergency-only sources of water, and reviewed operational considerations, including planning-level costs and general operations and maintenance needs. We are now providing support and oversight for the siting and construction of emergency wells at the first three sites identified by EWEB.
GSI work involved:
Testing the new Howard emergency well