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"Penrose Water District looking to pump water from river to Penrose"
Charlotte Burrous, from the Daily Record writes, on June 22, 2011...
FLORENCE — As the drought continues to hang over the west, local communities are scrambling to procure water for residents.
During Monday’s council meeting, the Florence Council authorized Penrose Water District to access the levy near the Arkansas River to explore the possibility of piping water from the Arkansas River to Penrose. “About six years ago, we bought some water rights on the Arkansas River,” said Penrose Water District manager Ron Gasser. “We got that through a completed change case last year. We are now trying to locate a proper location and type of diversion off the Arkansas River to pump the consumptive use water up to the Penrose system.”
So far, a crew has completed a reconnaissance review on 10 sites at the river. Gasser and the board recently determined to narrow it down to five sites in the area then proceed with a more advanced hydrological study at three of the sites. “Of the five sites that we want to do exploratory drilling, one of them includes the area of the levy primarily that is down on the north side of the Fremont Sanitation plant,” he said. “Our engineers have asked us to include a couple holes that would be off the levy next to the Arkansas River, between the (Colo.) 115 bridge and the levy.”
The district plans to drill at the end of June once Gasser receives authorization to access the levy in that area and drill several test holes for future consideration of diversion. When Mayor Paul Villagrana asked how big the test holes would be, Gasser replied they would be between six and 12 inches and go down between 50 and 60 feet to bedrock. “A couple of them might have plastic casings in case we do some test pumping,” Gasser explained. “It was my understanding they would be temporary, probably less than two weeks.”
When Councilman Joe Caruso asked the scope of the project, Gasser told the council what he expected. “The project contemplates anywhere from four to as many as seven wells if we use the well diversion,” Gasser said. “Our preferred diversion is shallow wells or head gate wells that are direct influences. The project also contemplates a 12-inch line.”
The original submittal for the plan was to go directly to Brush Hollow, but some of the alternate sites would call for a little different configuration. Ultimately, it will end up in Brush Hollow, Gasser said. The number of wells will depend on the hydrological features of the area, he said.
After Gasser reported on it in the last council meeting, City Attorney Bryan Fredrickson drew up a resolution regarding the scope and parameters of the project for Monday’s council meeting. “To hit the highlights of it, the number of holes down there would be seven or less,” he said. “The tested area is depicted on exhibit A.”
Appropriate signage will be posted to alert the public of what is occurring in the park. Also, the testing will be completed by Aug. 31, the resolution said. If there is any noticeable water saturation then the crews will stop drilling immediately. “There’s a general harmless clause in there,” Fredrickson said.
During discussion, Councilwoman Nichole Prickett said she noticed there was no clause to require the district to refill the test holes. At that point, Fredrickson said he would add a clause, requesting the district reclaim the area to a similar condition in which they found it.
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