LAKEMORE: It has taken eight years, but a well that should keep water flowing in the village well into the future finally will go online this month.
The village lacked the funds to purchase a necessary component to operate the well, which was drilled in 2006, Mayor Rick Justice said.
“We needed to find funding to upgrade the control panel, and that took a lot of time,” Justice said.
The 200-foot-deep well will service residential areas north of Sanitarium Road. When online, it will help fill a water tower that services village residences near the lakefront, joining three existing wells in producing potable water to the vast majority of the village’s 3,000 residents. Officials estimate that only two or three homes in the village still get water from private wells.
Completion of the project was another issue that fell by the wayside in the wake of Edwin Shaw Hospital closing in 2009. Lost tax revenue pushed the village into fiscal emergency by 2010.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency required that the control panel be improved with the latest technology before it could be used.
“The original panel had mercury switches, which had to be upgraded before it could go online,” said Gene Taylor, director of public services for the village.
Two of the three wells currently serving the village were drilled in the 1940s; the third was drilled in the 1960s. A well drilled in 1939 is not in use because it was too shallow and produced water with a high iron content, Taylor said.
The new panel will control the flow of all the wells, Justice said.
“We went from an archaic control panel to a high-tech one that we can run from a smart phone,” he said.
Engineering, well preparation and testing and the panel were paid with a $193,000 low-interest Ohio Water Development Authority loan. A $150,000 Community Block Development Grant paid for installation.
Water from the well will flow to a 900,000-gallon holding tower that services most of the residential areas of the village. A 250,000-gallon tank holds water for Springfield High School and the Sanitarium Road area.
Employee David Banks, a state certified water operator, and Taylor test water quality each morning.
“A good water supply is the most important thing to a village,” Taylor said.
Officials expect the well to produce enough water to allow for future development, even if growth expands east of Canton Road and to the south side of Springfield Township.
“We will only need another well if we expand outside the current Lakemore properties,” Justice said.
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