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New Town well ready by May 7

The Drill Tech crews are at the halfway point in getting the new electrical lines in to Chino Valley's new Bright Star Well.

Ron Grittman, town engineer and Public Works director, told the Chino Valley Town Council Thursday that the new well should be online by May 7.

The 24-hour pump test on the new well showed it pumps at 1,150-1,200 gallons per minute with only a nine-inch draw down, he said.

This well is coming online none too soon. Last week the demand on the system jumped from 60,000 gallons to 130,000 gallons per day.

"This week's wet weather is keeping the demand down and giving us a chance to get online before the demand jumps back up," he said.

Grittman added, "I want to thank all the residents for keeping their demand for water down until we get this well online."

The town's sole water source - the Country West Well, which is located on the east side of Highway 89 and south of Road 2 North - is back to pumping 300 gpm.

On March 11, Grittman told the council the Country West Well was only pumping 300 gpm to 350 gpm. He said the well had been pumping 650 gallons per minute since 2005. However, in December 2009, it dropped to 500 gpm and 430 gpm in late February. In late March it was back up to 400 gpm.

After hearing the good news about the new well Thursday, the council ratified the award to equip it with a new pump and to extend the electrical system to it for not more than $197,000 and apply the emergency procurement methods necessary.

Grittman said the new well is 723 feet deep. Drill Tech has equipped the well with 12-inch casing of which 160 feet is perforated.

Drill Tech also installed a 125 horsepower submersible pump that will produce 1,150-1,200 gpm with no arsenic treatment because initial readings showed less than 5 parts per billion of arsenic in the water.

Drill Tech's crews are currently installing a new 440/480-volt three-phase electrical system to provide the required electricity to the well. Grittman said the current electrical system for the Bright star Tank site wouldn't handle it.

As a result, he said the costs for the project are $427,213.50, not the original $300,000 estimated.

In other items on the agenda, the council:

• Ratified the award of the professional services agreement with Lyon Engineering not to exceed $16,550 for work associated with the town's new well on the Bright Star tank site.

• Approved the employment agreement with Michael Scannell, the new town manager. His starting salary was $120,000, plus benefits.

• Approved the transfer of $420 from Public Works operating funds and $1,012 from Engineering Professional Services into Facilities Building Materials so the town can relocate telephone and electrical lines associated with a drainage project along Road 3 North.

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