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Prescott-owned well site to be rehabilitated
Current building out of date

Site of the Prescott-owned well site. (Town of Chino Valley/Courtesy)

Site of the Prescott-owned well site. (Town of Chino Valley/Courtesy)

The Chino Valley Town Council unanimously approved a conditional use permit for the rehabilitation of a Prescott-owned well site at its meeting Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Located at 1525 N. Road 1 East, about 600 feet from the residents in the Chino Meadows subdivision, the site will have a new 912-square-foot block building meant to house a new pump house and motor, said Alex Lerma, associate planner for Development Services. The equipment will have the same horsepower as the machinery currently on site, Lerma said. Improvements also will be made to the area around the building.

“Improvements to the facility include a steel building that houses the pump station with an enclosed brick wall to the north and the (west) and a chain link fence to the east and the south,” Lerma said.

As for landscaping, sick or dead trees on the site will be replaced and landscaping that is in conflict with the new building will be removed, he said.

The well currently has a production capacity of 4,752,000 gallons per day. It is pumped into the water production facility at 251 N. Highway 89 in Chino Valley and then pumped to customers in Prescott and Chino Valley. Since it is about 600 feet from the closest backyard, staff does not believe it will be a nuisance in terms of noise pollution, and the noise generated by the facility will be the same as it is now with the wall and landscaping serving as buffers, Lerma said.

The whole point of trying to get the site rehabilitated is to be good neighbors, Project Manager John Kuebrich said at a December planning and zoning meeting. Operations will be smoother and more efficient with the new equipment and the improvement is supposed to be long-term, Kuebrich said.

“It’s about every 20 years that we’ll do improvements with this,” he said. “That’s about the life span of that. We don’t plan on doing anything else to that except to maintain it and operate it efficiently.”

The landscaping will be done within six months, Lerma said.

In December, Kuebrich said the hope is to start the rehabilitation in the beginning of February with the majority of the work done in the springtime and the four months following. Some of the work will be done in the fall, he said.

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