The North Bend Eagle


City moving ahead with new well

by Nathan Arneal
Published 8/9/17

The city of North Bend looks like it has a spot for a new well picked out after more than a year of testing and scouting locations.

The chosen location, about a half mile north of town on Cottonwood Street or County Road 7, has been the favorite all along because of its proximity to the water tower.

Dane Sorenson of JEO Consulting gave the city council a rundown at its July 18 meeting on the test well dug on the location.

“Water qualitywise, it has less iron and less manganese in it than your current well, so it’s easier to treat,” Sorenson said. “So water qualitywise, no bad news there. We got consistent results and plenty of capacity.”

The new well will give the city three total wells. The other two are next to each other on the block where the water tower stands. Having a third well with some distance from the other two will be beneficial in case the first two become contaminated.

Sorenson said the city could use one well at a time or blend the water from two wells. Councilman Tom Mullally said if the new well is as good as tests say it is, he’d like to see it be made the primary well.

However, testing is not yet done. Sorenson said the next step for state approval is a full well scan that will cost about $5,000. It consists of a variety of tests that will look for everything the state regulates.

In other council business:

• The council approved mechanical automatic doors at the library that will be paid for with memorial funds from the Library Foundation.

• At the Aug. 1 meeting, the council discussed a letter that had been sent out to an eyesore property and agreed to send out several more.


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