Over­age at­trib­uted to ‘full-tilt’ use of well

Water

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that the city’s pump­ing af­fected ad­ja­cent wells.

As of now, the city is the district’s only permitholder to over-pump this year.

The district is­sues fines of $500 for fail­ure to com­ply with the terms of an op­er­at­ing per­mit, and $5 per 1,000 gal­lons pumped in ex­cess of the amount per­mit­ted.

Fer­gu­son at­trib­uted much of the over­age to when the city was start­ing up the well, which had been dor­mant be­fore the city started pump­ing from it this sum­mer.

“We were run­ning the thing full-tilt to try to get (the grass) es­tab­lished,” he said.

He said the city didn’t want to ir­ri­gate with the well but that tight drought re­stric­tions im­ple­mented by Wim­ber­ley Water Sup­ply Cor­po­ra­tion pro­hib­ited the city from wa­ter­ing the fields enough to es­tab­lish the new turf.

Fer­gu­son es­ti­mated that the fields cost about $100,000, part of the nearly $3.5 mil­lion park, parts of which opened last year.

“We had an in­vest­ment we had to pro­tect,” he said.

The city had sought a per­mit for 15 acre feet of water per year, Fer­gu­son said, the es­ti­mated amount needed to help the grass on the fields take root.

He said he ex­pects the fields, about 4 acres in all, to open in about eight months.

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