Summerdale well still not ready to re-open

By CATHY HIGGINS Onlooker Editor onlooker@gulfcoastnewspapers.com
Posted 7/3/13

SUMMERDALE — The town of Summerdale is almost ready to resume pumping its own water, but not quite.

During Tuesday’s Town Council workshop, Public Works Director Lee Irwin said one set of tests conducted on the town’s well by the Alabama …

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Summerdale well still not ready to re-open

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SUMMERDALE — The town of Summerdale is almost ready to resume pumping its own water, but not quite.

During Tuesday’s Town Council workshop, Public Works Director Lee Irwin said one set of tests conducted on the town’s well by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management indicated a slight problem.

“The iron was a little bit high,” he said,” which is one of the reasons we want to re-test.”

ADEM closed the town’s well last spring after testing of the water resulted in unsatisfactory results. Since that time, Summerdale has purchased water from neighboring utilities while an alternate well has been looked into.

To help ensure the water of the back-up will be pure, ADEM has advised an air stripper be used.

“We’ve got three engineers working on proposals for that,” Irwin told the council.

The last alternate well, located near Davis Street, proved unable to provide enough water to adequately supply the town. However, upon successful re-testing of the town’s current well, it will re-open while the town continues to try to find an alternate as a back-up.

As for the defunct replacement well, Irwin said it could possibly be used as a testing well.

Mayor David Wilson asked Irwin for his recommendation on maintaining the location of that unsuccessful well.

“Minimum fencing,” Irwin replied.

Wilson added that since work on the unsuccessful well stopped, grass at the location has begun to grow high.

“I think it’s our responsibility to maintain that land since it’s ours,” he said.

Wilson asked Irwin to research fencing prices for the location for the council to consider.