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Huge Piles of Dirt in Columbia Park Are Part of New City Project

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KENNEWICK, Wash-- You may have noticed huge piles of dirt in Columbia Park near the blue bridge. The City of Kennewick is working on something that hasn't been changed in 50 years.

They are upgrading the drinking water well that's on the east side of Columbia Park. Many people have been wondering why there are so many piles of dirt in the park, but they won't be there for much longer. 

The City of Kennewick and local contractor Apollo are working on a well water cleaning system. New national regulations for drinking water standards will apply next year. 

The Public Works Department wants to be ahead of the game and will finish the project by April 2009, before the new law is put in place.

"Previously we only had chlorination of the well water coming out of the ground, now we are adding U.V. which provides us with another safer means of disinfecting the water and making it safe for the public," said Peter Beaudry, Public Works Director for City of Kennewick.

There are two wells, with water coming from the Columbia River and groundwater. This new treatment system will cost about $3 million. Funds were raised through grant money and rate payers.