SRWMD partners with Town of Lee to repair water supply wellJul 22nd, 2013 | By Submitted | Category: Front Page
The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) is providing about $23,040 in cost-share funds to assist in repairing the Town of Lee’s water supply well as part of the District’s Regional Initiative Valuing Environmental Resources (RIVER) program.
During last year’s drought, both of the Town’s wells experienced cave-ins. The Town repaired one well, but was unable to fully fund the $46,080 repair cost for the second well.
The cost-share funds will pay for the well to be drilled deeper and to make other improvements to stabilize the well.
The District set aside nearly $1.5 million in cost-share funds for Fiscal Year 2012-13 to assist local governments with water conservation, alternative water supplies, flood protection, ecosystem restoration and water quality improvement projects as part of the RIVER program. The Town of Lee was one of 14 local governments that were approved for the funding through a ranking process based on various criteria, including the effectiveness of the proposed project to protect, conserve, or restore water resources.
“We are extremely grateful that the District has come along side us to provide assistance with the project,” said Sarah Anderson, Lee town manager. “Having our second well back in operation is extremely important in case the primary well or pump has problems or when the demand is too high for one well.”
“The District is pleased to partner with the Town of Lee to ensure a safe and reliable supply of drinking water,” said District Executive Director Ann Shortelle.
The Town of Lee began repairs the second week of July and expects to have the well back online by the end of the month. Residences should not see any interruption in water service since the current well is adequate for normal day-to-day use.