How is the city’s growth impacting water quality and availability?

The city recognizes the need to carefully balance managing our water supply with continuing to meet the housing needs of the community. The City Council approved some significant changes to the city’s growth management policies July 19, 2023, that will delay the start of development in some areas of the city until we are closer to the permanent water treatment plant being operational later this decade. This action was taken as an additional contingency planning effort to mitigate the impacts of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on the water system. Previous contingent planning efforts approved by the City Council include adding temporary water treatment; changing lawn watering restrictions; managing wells to limit use of contaminated wells; modeling an additional water tower for storage; educating and communicating, and implementing other water efficiency measures.

This is the second time in the last two years the City Council has tightened the growth management policy to reduce the pace of growth in the community and added development controls and review opportunities. The City Council retains discretion on the timing of opening of sub-phases for development and timing of master planning efforts in advance of development activity.

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1. What is PFAS and how did it get in the water?
2. I have a private well. How do I know if I am impacted by PFAS?
3. How many Woodbury municipal wells exceed PFAS water quality standards and guidelines?
4. Which well is serving my home?
5. What type of private, at-home treatment options are available?
6. I didn't know PFAS was in the water. Where can I learn more?
7. What is the long-term solution on treatment for PFAS and when will it be implemented?
8. Who will pay for the long-term solution for treatment of PFAS?
9. How is the city’s growth impacting water quality and availability?
10. Is growth the most significant driver of water demand?