A new water well is being drilled in Richfield at a cost of $113,000 to augment the city's culinary water supply.
The contract was awarded in August to Scott S. Stephenson of Fillmore, but the work has been delayed pending approval from the state water engineer.The bid was the lowest among five bids submitted for the project. City Administrator Woody Farns-worth reported bids were as high as $199,000. Stephenson's bid was $24,000 below the engineer's estimate of $137,000, he said. City Finance Director Mike Langston said the contractor drilled to a depth of 150 feet and could go as deep as 800 feet.
"At 150 feet they have to grout it . . . because anything above that level is considered groundwater and could be contaminated," Langston said. The well is being sealed so that there won't be leakage from above the 150 feet into the deeper water.
"If they get good water at 500 feet or less then they wouldn't have to go to 800 feet," Langston added. Richfield generally has an adequate culinary water supply but it has been low enough at times during hot summer months to worry officials. One of the problems lies with so many residences and government entities using culinary water for garden and lawn irrigation.
To help alleviate that problem, some of the heavier water users, like schools and city parks, are now using water from a canal in which the city has several hundred shares of water rights in irrigation companies.