Sunday, December 8, 2013

LOTT Groundwater Study: Public Meeting on Dec. 9

by Janine Unsoeld

Above: Karen Janowitz staffs an information station on October 23 about the LOTT Reclaimed Water Infiltration Study. Janowitz is one of 13 members of a citizen advisory group to the newly renamed, multi-year study conducted by the LOTT Clean Water Alliance.

Previously known as the Groundwater Recharge Scientific Study, the study is examining the quality and use of reclaimed water in our groundwater. The Monday, December 9 public workshop will be held from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at 500 Adams Street NE, Olympia.

Like the session in October, the event will provide the community an opportunity to learn more about the study's analysis of the current quality of our local waters, treatment methods, risks of replenishing groundwater with reclaimed water, and the costs of various treatment methods.  

At a meeting of the study's citizen advisory committee on Wednesday, group members heard a report by consultants about the role of temperature in soil aquifer treatment effectiveness.

LOTT staff also reported that the study's peer review panel will begin their work and produce a team report in the third week of January 2014. They will be examining the study's scope of work, make sure the study is scientifically valid and its methodology sound, and provide feedback on the work of the study thus far.

For more information about LOTT and the study, go to past articles at and type key words into the search button.

To learn more about the meeting and the study's draft scope of work, contact Lisa Dennis-Perez, LOTT Public Communications Manager at (360) 528-5719 or or go to