The City of Blaine currently operates three water treatment plants. The purpose of these facilities is to improve the quality of the water while more efficiently managing the city's water supply. Water quality is a major concern for the City Council, according to Mayor Tom Ryan.
The city has a total of 17 wells, with seven supplying most of the water used on a daily basis from our three treatment plants. The process uses natural materials to strip out the iron and manganese, which are undesirable, and add polyphosphates and chlorine, which are required for safety reasons.
The result is water that tastes better, will not stain washing machines, sinks or clothes and will not damage pipes. The treated water meets all health standards.
Water Capital Plan
The City Council adopted a 20-year Water Capital Plan in 2003 that included phasing in costs for improvements to the water system. Due to the council's long-term planning, the cost of new treatment plants may result in increases in the rates when additional improvements are made to the system.
The third water treatment plant was put online in 2008; it treats water from two city wells. The three plants meet the water demand for nearly the entire year, only during peak demands in the summer are the other seasonal wells put on line.
The City will be adding four more wells and one more treatment plant by 2019 to ensure water needs are met at full build out.