Elkton to add two more wells
— 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.