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Havasu planning replacement of aging water wells

May 22, 2019

In a part of the world where every drop of water is important, a growing Lake Havasu City is planning on adding more water wells to replace some aging ones that don’t have sufficient capacity.

The North Well replacement project is supposed to provide the city with four new production wells and waterline over the next seven years. It is part of the city’s proposed Capital Improvement Plan for fiscal years 2020-24.

“This is a big deal for us,” said City Manager Jess Knudson. “Right now, all our water comes from just one source and we need to have two sources.

“We are satisfied with the current production for existing and our future population,” Knudson said. “The intended benefit of the second well site included in the CIP is to identify a second water source for residents. Redundancy in the city’s water system is needed so we are prepared for a failure in our existing collector well.”

According to the city, the existing North Wells have lost about 70 percent of their combined original capacity over the years and are able to produce just 6.9 million gallons of water per day.

The reduction is because of age and the poor physical condition of the wells, according to city officials. Another factor is the turbidity of the water, which pushes the limits of the filters.

If City Council approves the work, construction on the $4.9 million project is scheduled to begin in fiscal year 2020-21 and be completed by June 2022.

The city also hopes to add a second water well site. With existing backup wells failing, the city wants to have a second collector well that, along with the new north wells, will provide a combined 13.5 million gallons of water per day.

Knudson said a site has been found and once the city receives permission from Arizona State Parks, testing will begin. The cost will be $150,000.

Both projects would be completely funded by the city’s Irrigation and Drainage District Fund

Reporter Scott Shindledecker may be reached at 928-453-4237, ext. 252, or at sshindledecker@havasunews.com.

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