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Neighbors Growing Together | Jun 20, 2018

Maintenance on well moves ahead

By David Hotle | Jul 13, 2017
During a special meeting Tuesday, the Washington City council voted to approve a change order to work being done on Well 6. Since the well has been recased, water flow in the well has dropped by about 50 percent. The council hopes an acid treatment of the well will increase water flow.


It took the Washington City Council less than five minutes to approve a change order to the Well 6 project, allowing an acid treatment of the well in an attempt to improve the well’s flow rate.

During the regular council meeting last week, it was reported after a recasing project of the well, the water flow rate had dropped from 600 gallons per minute to 300 gallons. On Tuesday, the council members who attended the special meeting all voted in favor of allowing workers to begin with the $43,950 project. The flush will inject 8,000 gallons of muriatic acid into the uncased portion of the well with an injection pipe, air surge the acid for six hours, and remove the acid and solids by purge pumping the well. The procedure will be done twice.

“We did not want to wait on this,” Mayor Sandra Johnson said, explaining why the special meeting was help. ‘We did not want to wait one more week for Brent (Hinson - city administrator) to get back if it meant we could get up and running.”

Some other delays in the project were reported during the meeting, including part of the casing collapsing while it was being installed.

“It is important we get it fixed because if one of our other wells were to die, we would survive maybe 48 hours until we ran out of water,” said water department technician Kyle Wellington.

Johnson asked for the entire change order to be approved, even though the cost exceeded the amount of contingency money that remained in the project budget. The flushes will exceed the contingency allowance by $39,107.

During the regular meeting, water superintendent Chad McCleary said he believed the flushes would help the water flow, but he did not believe the flow would return to 600 gallons per minute.

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