Plan could save up to six figures

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes A plan to continue using underground injection control (UIC) systems to treat stormwater will save hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars in the future, city officials hope. The City of Keizer entered into a sole-source contract with GSI Water Solutions Inc. to develop a plan that will let the city keep using the UICs in lieu of pricey upgrades. It will cost the city about $40,000 over the next two budget years. “We’re trying to be proactive about keeping our UICs which really are an efficient and safe way to manage storm water,” said Elizabeth Sagmiller, environmental program manager for the city. The UICs are prevalent throughout the city; Keizer has more than 100 of them. They perform similar functions to a storm drain system, with one big exception: Instead of collecting water to drain into creeks and rivers, they inject water into the ground onsite. From above ground they can only be identified by the red medallions placed on them. They’re sometimes referred to as dry wells or injection wells. Water is injected into the soil, then the dirt and various organisms within it clean much of the pollutants. The Meadows and the Vineyards in north Keizer both have large UIC systems for draining stormwater, while smaller systems exist throughout the city. Many were installed by Marion County before the...

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