The North Bend Eagle


City still seeking best water option

by Nathan Arneal
Published 9/28/16

The North Bend City Council is still looking for the best site to drill its new well, though one location has become the frontrunner.

Dane Simonson of JEO Consulting, the city’s engineer, reported the results of three well tests.
The location that has emerged as the favorite for the new well is about a half mile north of town on County Road 7 (Cottonwood St.).

Test site 1, an irrigation well about a quarter of a mile straight west of that location was tested, returning test numbers of 0.18 for iron and 1.3 for arsenic. Simonson said the allowable limit for iron is 0.3 and arsenic 10, so both figures are well below allowable limits.

Site 2 was straight north of site 1 along County Road S. It tested 2.8 for iron and 2.6 for arsenic, Simonson said.

A third site was tested along Highway 79 about a mile north of town. There iron levels jumped up to 12 and arsenic to 17.

“Your treatment plant will remove iron, manganese and arsenic,” Simonson said. “So even if it goes over the limit, you can still remove it. I’m just commenting on general water quality. It seems to trend that the farther away you got (from North Bend) the iron seemed to get worse and worse, and iron is kind of the primary thing you’re removing. That’s your orange and rust colored stains on your fixtures.”

City clerk Theresa Busse said that surprised her, since she had always been told the water quality was better to the north.

Council members agreed that the test results put the Road 7 site in the driver’s seat for a well location. The city already has a purchase agreement in had for that location.

“With the testing we’ve done,” Simonson said, “I’d say the quality there is as good or better than your current wells.”

Simonson added that all indications point to there being a sufficient volume of water at the site as well.

Councilman Tom Mullally asked about testing some more sites west and north of town. The consensus seemed to be if the city was going to commit the money for a new well site, it should try to find one with better water quality that the current wells in town. The extra cost of piping water in from a location out of town would be offset if the treatment plant didn’t have to treat the water as much to make it drinkable.

Simonson said more well tests could be easily done. In the meantime he will start drawing up specifications for a test well to be put out for bidding to well drillers.

In other council business from the Sept. 20 meeting:

• Library director Amy Reznicek stopped in to give the council an update.
She said the community room at the library was used 155 times in the past year, with 20 times being paid rentals.

The library had 120 kids sign up for the summer reading program. Seventy of them finished the program, up from 55 the year before. A total of 396 kids participated in summer program events over six Fridays.

A Little Free Library was recently put up in Rogers. The LFL is a like a large mailbox where people can take or leave books to read. The North Bend Library also has Little Free Libraries in Morse Bluff and Cedar Buffs.

Reznicek also recently passed the final of 17 classes to become certified by the Nebraska Library Commission.

Julie Markvicka has been hired to replace the retiring Jan Vopalensky as an assistant librarian.

• Final reading and approval was given to Ordinance 550, which allows golf carts on city streets. Similar to the ATV/UTV ordinance, golf carts must be registered with the city and have a flag and proof of insurance. Drivers must be 19. The registration fee is $50 for the first year and $25 in subsequent years without a violation. Ordinance 550 will take full effect Jan. 1.

• Ken Bebee asked for and was granted permission for the North Bend Masonic Lodge to perform a cornerstone ceremony for the new park pavilion. The dedication ceremony would likely be sometime in the spring.

• The city continues to negotiate with Omni-Tech for placing internet service antennas on the water tower. The city attorney made some changes to the contract and sent it back to Omni-Tech.

<<Back to the front page