City to test new water source

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Drilling is complete on a new well to service the city of Madisonville, so the next step is to comply with regulations and test the well.

The testing may make the area around Washington Avenue and North Madison and Viser streets a little wet, though.

At the Madisonville City Council meeting on Monday, Public Works Director Kevin Story said the drilling of a new well was done and the casings, liners and screens all have been placed.

The city has been operating since April on only two wells for water service, as a third had to be shut down because of deteriorating casings.

“Now comes one of the tough issues: we have to run that well for 36 hours straight at 3,000 gallons per minute,” Story said. “That’s a lot of water we have to move.”

Story said the plan currently is to move the flowing water through ditches and eventually to a nearby creek that runs under FM 978, hopefully to ensure residents in the area were not flooded out.

The testing will begin sometime next week, he said.

“We want to see how the aquifer reacts,” he said. “I’m going to be frankly nervous.”

Following the testing, the samples will be tested for contaminants, and should they pass, the well will be put into service.

City resident Dave Ward asked if there could be an arrangement with some of the area oil drilling companies, which use pipelines and other measures as part of their hydraulic fracking operations.

Story acknowledged that could be an option, and will look into it following a request by the council.

In other business, the city:

•accepted the audit for the Fiscal Year 2016-17, which was reported as unmodified, the best rating possible;

•approved the expenditure of $150,000 to repair a clarifier at the waste water treatment plant, which was damaged as the result of recent rains; and

•discussed moving toward more electronic forms of reporting for City Council meeting packets.

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