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Grandview wells bring upgraded

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Adam Beauvais of Picatti Brothers works at cleaning out the Highland Road well in Grandview. The City of Grandview is currently in the middle of a large well rehabilitation project that will update six of the city's 10 wells

GRANDVIEW - When it comes to water, the City of Grandview is ahead of the curve.

In 2003, the city applied for and received a state revolving fund low interest loan in the amount of $2.4 million. The funds were to be used to rehabilitate a number of municipal wells in the city.

Grandview Public Works Director Cus Arteaga said the city is currently about halfway through its well rehabilitation project. He said six of the city's 10 wells are set to be rehabilitated with funds from the loan. At this point work on two wells has been completed and work on a third well has just begun.

"We're trying to keep everything current," Arteaga said of the rehabilitation project.

He noted that some of the wells the city has on line have older pump houses and pumping equipment and have lost water production over the years.

Arteaga said through the rehabilitation the city will update each of the wells and install more efficient pumping equipment. He added that the city is also trying to recapture some of the yield it has lost over the years.

According to Arteaga, the first well the city tackled was Springs Well Source 7, which is located on Olmstead Road.

The rehabilitation of that well included the drilling of a new well, the installation of new pumping equipment and the construction of a new pump house.

Arteaga explained that the rehabilitation of well seven included the drilling of a completely new well because the existing well had high nitrate levels.

"We were looking for better quality water," Arteaga said.

And the city not only found higher quality water in the new well, but it also was able to improve the yield of the well. Arteaga said the new well yields about 280 gallons per minute, which is an improvement of about 65 percent.

The second well the city rehabilitated was Well Source 17, located on Asahel Curtis Road. This well was also re-drilled.

Arteaga said the original well was drilled in the 1940s and located in the middle of a cherry orchard. He said the original well was 900 feet deep, but a number of years ago the well had caved in at the 300 to 400 foot level.

The well was one the city hadn't been using for some time.

But when the rehabilitation project came up, Arteaga said he was able to not only rehabilitate the caved in well, but also relocate it.

He said he was able to talk the local farmer into swapping the property where the well was originally located to a piece of property off to the side of his orchard, near the road.

Arteaga said the new well is 500 feet deep, and includes a new building and pumping equipment. He added that well 17 yields about 200 gallons per minute.

Arteaga said he is happy to have wells 7 and 17 back on line, noting that they are each located at opposite ends of Grandview's municipal water lines.

Arteaga explained that instead of the city having to send water from the center of the system out to the ends, which can cause stagnant water in the lines, he is now able to pump water at the source.

"Now you're always getting fresh water," Arteaga said.

The well that is currently being rehabilitated is the city's well located on Highland Road.

Arteaga said this rehabilitation is different from the rehabilitation done on the first two wells. He said the Highland Road well is one of three wells that were rehabilitated in 2000. The wells have new pumping equipment and new buildings, but they have developed an iron issue that is beginning to restrict water yield from the wells.

According to Arteaga, the city has hired a company to come in and try to clean out the three wells to see if the iron can be removed and production improved. He said the city is beginning that particular rehabilitation project with the Highland Road well, noting that the other two wells will receive the same treatment if favorable results are found at Highland.

The other wells set to be rehabilitated include the well at Velma Road, which will receive a new building and pumping equipment, and the Balcom and Moe well, located near the Grandview library. The Balcom and Moe well rehabilitation will include some building modifications and new pumping equipment. The final two wells set to be rehabilitated include the Willoughby South well and the Willoughby North well. Both wells will receive a complete building restoration and upgraded pumping equipment.

Arteaga said projects like the well rehabilitation project helps put Grandview ahead of the curve.

"We're looking at improvements that are not catching us up, instead they will be good for another 20 years," Arteaga said.

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