Woods Cross Getting Clean Water with New Facility after Years of Contamination

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Article courtesy of Ashton Edwards and Scott McKane | May 8, 2015 | Fox13 | Shared as educational material

WOODS CROSS, Utah – A new water treatment plant in Woods Cross is bringing clean drinking water to residents after nearly 20 years of issues with contamination.

Officials said the issue dates back to the early 1990s when a chemical used in dry cleaning, Perchloroethylene or PCE, was found in Woods Cross drinking water wells.

Officials shut down two wells in the eastern part of the city but traces of PCE later moved to wells in west Woods Cross.

Scientists say the maximum level of PCE discovered was five parts per billion and said you’d have to drink a lot of water to potentially get sick.

But city officials and citizens decided it was better to be safe than sorry and invested $4 million in a water treatment facility.

City and county officials got a firsthand look at it Friday morning.

Woods Cross residents will be paying between $7 and $9 more on their monthly water bill to pay for the treatment plant.

But just about everyone agrees it’s a small price to pay for clean, pure drinking water.

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