DNR informs Seligman about plugging water well

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Maximum project cost could be $18,000

The Missouri Department of Natural Resource has notified Seligman about plugging water well No. 2, which has been out of service since the 1970s.

"[Costs] could be up to $18,000," said Brian Nichols, city clerk. "DNR has grants available to help us fund this."

The city put the well out of service after it tested positive for metal contents that were above the maximum contaminant level, Nichols said. Seligman pulled out the pump and motor. It stripped everything out of the well and covered up the well.

The city has received yearly updates on abandoning wells, he said. It had not received a letter stating that Seligman must get the well plugged until the city received a notification from DNR on Dec. 19.

The city must plug the well with concrete, said Wayne Persons, Seligman maintenance supervisor.

The well can be filled with wash disinfectant, pea gravel from 100 feet below the bottom of the casing to 100 feet above the liner, Nichols said. The well has a total depth of 1,730 feet and a yield of 37 gallons per minute.

Seligman has three wells. The city pumps just under 3 million gallons during each winter month, and about 4 million gallons a month the rest of the year.

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