The search is on for underground contamination spreading into soil and groundwater originally found beneath University of Washington Tacoma.

Drilling for monitoring wells begins Monday, July 25, and will continue through August at several locations near and on the UWT campus. Neighboring businesses and residents can expect drilling noise and traffic control during work hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Decades of industrial uses left several plumes of groundwater contamination under the former railroad and warehouse district that today houses the UWT campus and surrounding neighborhoods. Some sources have been located, but this added monitoring will help define the extent of contamination.

Drilling is planned to begin  between Tacoma and Yakima avenues from South 17th to South 21st streets. In the coming weeks, drilling for wells is scheduled at various other locations. Work could begin as early as 7 a.m. on campus.

Washington's Department of Ecology is managing this project and has a website outlining the UWT contamination and environmental studies. Here is that link.