ST. FRANCISVILLE — An engineering consultant recommended to the Board of Aldermen on Tuesday that the Prosperity Street backup water well should be sealed and a new well drilled to replace it.
Bianca Hillhouse, of Professional Engineering Consultants, said because of repair work that was completed in 1988, 1990 and 1998, a liner pipe 4 inches in diameter would be used, and it could draw 200 gallons per minute. The demand on the well would be much higher, which likely would cause problems down the road.
“I think you should go full force ahead for a new well,” Hillhouse told the board. “You would not have enough flow.”
At the Aug. 25 board meeting, Hillhouse had recommended the town try a risky repair procedure that would cost about $8,500. If that didn’t work, another procedure could be tried that would be much costlier and still wouldn’t guarantee the well would be fixed. She said Tuesday that, after further evaluation and after looking at the well’s structure and age, money would be better spent sealing the old well and building a new one.
“I’ve put a request into DHH (the state Department of Health and Hospitals) to seal this well and put a new one at this location,” Hillhouse said. “We can reuse some of the equipment that is already there.”
Mayor Billy D’Aquilla said the town has $375,000 in capital outlay money from the state for waterworks projects, and he has talked with state Sen. Neil Riser, R-Columbia, who chairs the Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee, about getting an additional $700,000 in emergency grants for construction of the new well.
“We have plenty of water right now; we’re not hurting at all,” D’Aquilla told the board.
“This is a backup well, and it would be good to have another one put in its place.”