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City wants federal government to pay for water-well study

June 20th, 2013 - 6:03am

(Port Angeles) -- The city of Port Angeles is pushing for the National Park Service to pay for a study of the city's main water well.

The city council this week agreed not to sign a contract with an Ohio company to study the city's Ranney Well. That's the input on the Elwha River where the city is getting its water.

There are concerns heavy sediment from dam removal on the river could impact the well as it has already clogged water treatment facilities on the river.

City manager Dan McKeen say the park service is willing to pay half of the 50-thousand dollar study.

But city council members think the feds should foot the entire cost. McKeen says he'll set up another meeting with park officials.

City public works director Glenn Cutler says the city needs the study to be more certain of future impacts of sediment on the Ranney Well.

Meantime, the park service has shut down removal of the final sections of the upper dam on the river while it works to fix problems with sediment in the new water treatment facilities on the river.

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