The North Bend Eagle


City due for well repair

by Nathan Arneal
Published 8/14/13

North Bend is due for a well repair and should probably look at drilling a new water well, the City Council was told at its Aug. 6 meeting.

Brent Anderson, the PeopleService representative for North Bend in charge of keeping the city’s water and sewer systems running, attended the meeting to give a status report on the town’s two water wells.

One of the wells, Anderson said, needs new piping and a new pump. Anderson said he got a good look at the well during some maintenance work a few weeks ago.

“The column pipe is shot,” he said. “The wellhead is shot. Basically, we put a big band-aide on it to get us by.”

Mayor Jeff Kluthe asked how urgent the needed repairs are.

“We have to do this,” Anderson said. “We have to. This well is not going to last us much longer.”

Anderson said the best time to do the repair would be in mid-October to early November. By that time, the city’s water usage will be down from its summer high, allowing PeopleService to shut down one of the city’s wells for repairs.

Anderson also suggested the city look into drilling a new well. He said drilling a well away from the two current wells, which share the same city block, would be safer in the long run.

“The big thing about drilling a new well would be getting farther than 200 feet away from our other wells,” he said. “Because right now if we have one contaminated well, we have two contaminated wells, and we’d have no water.”

Anderson has been talking to city engineer Tyler Hevlin of JEO Consulting about the possibility of a new well. Kluthe asked Anderson to invite Hevlin to a council meeting to discuss the idea further.

The city received three bids for the well repair work.

In other council business, Sean Mullally, 13, shared his plans for his Eagle Scout service project. He plans to paint lines on the city park basketball court, which has been relocated to the tennis courts. He also plans to install a couple of benches and paint the tennis court lines a contrasting color. The city council will pay for the paint for Mullally to use in the project.

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