KID service consolidation to benefit Cherry Creek customers

Kennewick Irrigation District's customers in the Cherry Creek area should receive more reliable, improved water delivery, thanks to a proposed project to consolidate six service areas.

The $900,000 project to replace pump stations with a regional storage facility and pumping plant is the main topic of an open house 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Benton PUD auditorium, 2721 W. 10th Ave., in Kennewick.

Jason McShane, KID's engineering and operations manager, said the first phase is tentatively scheduled during this off-season. In that phase, four of the pump stations will be eliminated.

McShane said KID's goal is to improve service while trimming long-term maintenance costs.

The district plans similar projects in other areas in the future, including in Southridge and in the Clodfelter service area near Ridgeline Drive, he said.

About 8 percent of KID's ratepayers will be affected by the Cherry Creek project, McShane said. KID mailed postcards about the open house to affected property owners.

About 1,500 service connections in southeast Kennewick, in the area from about 27th Avenue south to 45th Avenue, will see the service improvements.

A presentation about the Cherry Creek project will be given every half hour during the open house, McShane said. There also will be information for residents about water conservation, vegetation management, Red Mountain and the district's canal lining efforts.

KID board members also will be available at the meeting.

JUB Engineers is working on the engineering and design.

About 25 percent of the cost of will be covered by developers, McShane said.

KID's portion of the project will be paid using the district's capital improvement and upgrade fund, McShane said.

That's a major change from the past, when the district used special assessments through local improvement districts for upgrades.

Instead, the annual contributions that ratepayers make for capital projects will cover the work, he said.

KID employees likely will install some of the piping to help cut costs, McShane said.

As pump stations are decommissioned, KID will salvage parts from the pumps, he said. Those parts can then be used at other pump stations.

The timing of the second phase will depend on development in the area, McShane said.

-- Kristi Pihl: 582-1512; kpihl@tricityherald.com