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Elwha water treatment fix expected by September

June 18th, 2013 - 3:32pm

(Port Angeles) -- Port Angeles City Water has been a source of concern lately, due to sediment clogging a pump station along the Elwha River, but the situation is expected to be fixed by September.

Olympic National Park spokeswoman Barb Maynes spoke to the Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce yesterday.

She says it's expected the pumping station will be fully un-clogged and operational by September.

That would allow re-starting the removal of the remaining 50-feet of the Glines Canyon Dam.

City Engineer Mike Puntenny also spoke to the Chamber, saying he had "deep concerns" about the potential for sediment to affect the city's water supply.

The City's Ranney well, from which the city draws its water, is in the same area as the pump station.

He said Monday was the first day since November that the city has been able to use water from the facilities, blending water from the Ranney well and the Elwha plant at about a half-and-half rate.

Puntenny said he's hopeful the City can be consistent in delivering both the quantity and quality of water needed for the city.

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