Mechanicsburg to spend about $35K for water well repairs

One of the village of Mechanicsburg’s wells have been shut down so it can be inspected and repaired but village leaders say drinking water supplies won’t be affected.

The well is the village’s oldest and was constructed in the 1920s. It now requires repairs, according to Village Mayor Greg Kimball.

“All we know now is that the well casing and pump had holes in them,” Kimball said.

Moody’s of Dayton Inc. launched an investigation during the week of June 24 to determine the extent of damages the well has endured, Village Administrator April Huggins-Davis said. A video inspection and cleaning have already taken place.

A total of three wells supply the village with fresh drinking water. The other two wells currently are up to code regulations and will remain operational while the first one undergoes repairs.

“We have two other wells,” Huggins-Davis said. “This is just regular maintenance.”

She said that the village alternates well usage every month, so the temporary loss of one well won’t impact the community.

“There is not a shortage of water,” Huggins-Davis said.

The village council allotted a total of $35,000 for repairs and pump replacements. Moody’s will conduct the repairs, which will include upgrading the pump to stainless steel and working with Wiseman & Sons to do some excavation.

Huggins-Davis said she won’t know how long the construction will take or how much the repairs will cost until the investigation is completed.

“This is routine,” she said. “This well probably needs more work because it is the oldest well.”

No complications regarding repairs are expected.

“(The two other wells) have been inspected in the last three years,” Huggins-Davis said.

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