Welcome Center well reportedly up and running
The water monitoring well located by the Welcome Center on Highway 167 south was the top priority at the Union County Water Conservation Board meeting Wednesday.
Late last year, the casing on the well began to crack and the entire well had to be replaced. The replacement process began June 19 and was worked on 24 hours a day until its completion June 27.
Currently, only the sod and a new well house, which will cover the well, remain to be finished. One side of the well house will be made out of plexiglass for educational purposes, allowing people to see inside the well and how it works.
The water level of the new well is 308 feet, a 3-feet elevation difference from the old well.
Derek Bell, water plant operator for Applied Specialty Inc., updated the board on the water treatment facilities expansion project. They had a record day on Wednesday, recording 24 million gallons of water, Bell said, which was able to be accomplished by using both the old and new systems.
“This is only a new path we’ve ventured down the last couple of weeks because we’ve had the demand,” Bell said. “Its design capability is 4,600 gallons a minute. We run around 3,200.
“We can make a maximum of 40 million (gallons), but we can only pump for 24 million. We just need to improve the pumping system.”
Sherrel Johnson, the UCWCB grants administrator, asked the board to approve an amendment to accept $20,000 from the United State Geological Survey for water measurement equipment.
“We have a joint funding agreement with the USGA. They have an extra $20,000 they can spend on our monitoring network this federal fiscal year,” Johnson said. “No cash will come down here, it’s just increasing the joint funding agreement by $20,000.”
The money will go towards measuring tapes and electronic tapes that will measure ground water levels.
Johnson also represented the UCWCB at the Aspen Nicholas Water Forum, where they discussed ground water. “We are really the only ones in the nation that are recording ground water recovery,” Johnson said. “When you read about ground water issues and water issues in the country, you’re going to read that ground water is declining and everybody is in trouble, but we are measuring ground water recovery, because back in the ’90s, we did something about it.”