Elk­ton to add two more wells

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By BRI­ANNA SHEA

ELK­TON

bshea@ce­cil­whig.com

— Two new wells are slated for com­ple­tion in town this month.

The town mayor and com­mis­sion­ers ap­proved a fifth amend­ment to Sev­ern Trent En­vi­ron­men­tal Ser­vice’s Op­er­a­tion and Man­age­ment Agree­ment on Wed­nes­day night that au­tho­rizes the com­pany to op­er­ate the new wells in town.

The new wells are lo­cated in Holly Hall Ter­race and within the town’s waste­water treat­ment plant site, said Lewis Ge­orge, town ad­min­is­tra­tor in an email on Wed­nes­day. Both wells are lo­cated on the south side of Route 40, he noted.

“The ini­tial pur­pose of the Holly Hall well is to pro­vide wa­ter for that Holly Hall neigh­bor­hood,” Mayor Rob Alt ex­plained. “For the sec­ond well, (that well) is a backup source.”

The cost to build the two wells is a lit­tle over $1.1 mil­lion and is funded through the town’s Ma­jor Fa­cil­i­ties-Wa­ter Fund, which is funded through sur­charges on all quar­terly town wa­ter bills, Ge­orge said.

Sev­ern Trent has op­er­ated and main­tained the town’s waste­water treat­ment plant since 1993 and its wa­ter plant since 1996. Cur­rently, the com­pany op­er­ates and main­tains two wells, one lo­cated near Route 213 and another near Walmart, both lo­cated on the south side of Route 40, Ge­orge said.

The town would like to add another well, which is lo­cated along French­town Road, but pump­ing, treat­ment and distri­bu­tion in­fra­struc­ture “have not yet been de­vel­oped for this well to date,” Ge­orge said.

“This well would add up to 500,000 gal­lons of wa­ter per day to our sys­tem fol­low­ing com­ple­tion and would pro­vide for growth in this ser­vice area,” he said.

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