The Mabton City Council’s six-year water plan has received the go-head from the Washington State Department of Health, with one small provision.
The city must get well #4 back to pumping out at least 200 gallons per minute as quickly as possible, the council learned during its Tuesday night meeting.
The council was praised for the scope of the plan, but advised it must put well #4 back on line. With the new plan, the city will drill one new well to replace the fail-ing well #4, as well as replace a number of water mains around the community.
The city hopes to be able to extend the number of city water connections from the current 671 to 814.
Public Works Supervisor Chris Morris said the new submersible pump for well #4 is on order and will be installed upon arrival in the city.
Well # 4 has been off-line since July 18 with the city getting its water supply from wells #5 and #3.
However, well #3 has ni-trates, but has been constantly monitored to ensure that the nitrate levels are safely below the DOH standards, Morris said.