Even as the city prepares to make over a million dollars worth of improvements to improve its water system and build a new well off Cleve Wright Road, the council voted on Monday to pay for repairs to a well that services the area of Pigeon Creek Estates.
Well number 110 has been the source of much discussion and frustration from residents of the Pigeon Creek neighborhood, who have long made their wish to connect to Etowah Water known.
At Monday night's city council meeting, Utilities Director Gary Barr gave the latest update on the status of the well that the city has been attempting to fix since last summer.
"We done a water sample...it got messed up," Barr said. "I don't know whether the people that took it messed it up or the people that done the checking. Anyway they're going to retest it this week, on Wednesday. Within two weeks we ought to have us some results and a recommendation from the engineer on what to do on 110."
The council approved amending its budget to pay invoices for the work that has been done on the well so far, as well as aerators for the city's water treatment pond, totaling $33,557.71.
The money will come from the city's enterprise fund reserves.
In March the City Manager Bob Bolz reported that a new pump had been ordered for the well and that the results of water testing would determine its fate.
The city is working to improve its entire water system, improvements that would be paid for by a Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) loan and through SPLOST.
The cost to construct the new well will be $800,000