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Sunnyside plans to add well near former Monson property

The city of Sunnyside is planning on a new well to serve its municipal water supply needs. Sunnyside is planning on spending roughly $2.7 million to design and construct the well, to be called well #12.

Jim Bridges is the city's public works director and he says the catalyst for another well in the city system was the failure of well #5-located on First Street near the county's public works building-because it had too much sand in the water.

That prompted the city council last August to approve construction of a new well. The well will be built near the Monson property the city acquired a few years ago. A business park is proposed for the property.

Bridges said two other drilling sites-Edison Avenue and near the new Sun Valley Elementary School-were examined as possibilities, but tests indicated insufficient water supply.

When completed the new well will be piped into the city's entire water supply.

Bridges pledged that well #12 will not need any special accommodations stemming from the fact the Monson property was a cattle feedlot.

The city brought in engineers to test various sites for water supply and Bridges said the Monson property was deemed as a good source.

Funds for the new well will be paid out of a low-interest $4 million loan the city acquired from the state Department of Health. Bridges said the funds will be paid back at 1.5 percent over 20 years.

The city has already spent $1.3 million out of the loan proceeds on testing other prospective well sites, for work on well #11 and the anticipated costs of decommissioning well #5

Well #12, Bridges said, is part of a three-year well development plan the city has undertaken for the past three years.

Bridges said well #12 will be drilled over the winter, with construction on a pump and well house to start next spring. The city hopes to have the well up and running by August 2009.

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