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2:25 PM Tue, Sept. 18th

Prescott Valley restores well near fairgrounds

PRESCOTT VALLEY - The town government restored service from a well near the Yavapai County Fairgrounds Monday afternoon, but a well near the Mingus West subdivision might not resume pumping until the end of this week.

The town fixed the fairgrounds well west of the fairgrounds around 4 p.m. Monday, Utilities Director Neil Wadsworth said. The town contracts with CH2M Hill OMI to provide water and sewer services.

However, water restrictions for Mingus West and the fairgrounds area will remain in effect until the Mingus West well is back in service, Wadsworth said. The Mingus West well went out of service more than a week ago because its motor shorted out.

Wadsworth said he did not know what caused the fairgrounds well to malfunction on Sunday night or Monday morning. However, he acknowledged a lightning storm might be the culprit.

"We have not been able to find out yet," he said Tuesday afternoon. "We are going to dig in further" to determine the cause.

The fairgrounds well pumps a maximum of about 400 gallons per minute, Wadsworth said. He added the well is continuing to supply water customers near the fairgrounds as well as homeowners three miles north at Mingus West, which has 120 to 150 homes.

The Mingus West well pumps a maximum of 230 gallons per minute, said Brad Hudson, pump technician for the Weber Group in Chandler. The town hired the company to repair the well.

A Weber crew arrived at the well site off Highway 89A and Palomino Drive Monday evening but postponed work until 6:30 a.m. Tuesday because of a lightning strike, Hudson said.

The three-man crew, which operated a crane, removed the pump and motor at the bottom of the 231-foot-deep well before 11 a.m., Hudson said.

"You've got to unscrew it," he said. "You've got to watch the cable. You don't want to mess up the cable. It had a nick in it."

Hudson said the crew determined the motor, which is attached to the pump, shorted out. He added his company will need to order a new pump, which will arrive by the end of the week "if it is available."

Meanwhile, Mingus West residents and other consumers are coping with Level 4 water restrictions that the town government imposed Monday. Among other things, the restrictions bar washing vehicles and driveways, and irrigation of landscaping.

"We've been trying to conserve water," Mingus West homeowner Caryn Morrell said Tuesday morning. "We haven't been running the dishwasher or anything. And we have bottled water instead of using water from the faucet."