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New Aquifer Planned For Kennewick

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- The Department of Ecology is planning to give the City of Kennewick almost a million dollars to study whether a new aquifer would be in the best interest of the area.

A pump would pull water directly out of the Columbia River when it's colder, during the Winter. This would give the area more water when it is needed most, during the summer. 

The water would then be sent to the aquifer, which would be under some sage brush fields right behind Southridge High School.

Kennewick Public Works Director Peter Beaudry says the aquifer could hold more than 100-million gallons of water and could be a big help to the area in the future.

Beaudry says, "If we had an emergency type situation where our plant shut down for some reason or something went wrong we'd have a large source of emergency water."

Beaudry says the new aquifer will also save money. Where as a 10-million gallon water tank above water would cost about $10 million dollars, a similar-sized aquifer underground would only cost about $400,000.

Beaudry says the aquifer would also be more environmentally friendly because there would be less stress on the Columbia.