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Old 05-15-2009, 02:41 PM
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Default Thirst for well lingers: West Baraboo will make new test dig

West Baraboo officials are forging ahead to dig a new test well this summer in hopes of obtaining a village water supply to replace H2O purchased from the city of Baraboo.
After Thursday's regular business meeting, board members went into closed session to discuss purchasing easements on land owned by the J&B Land Company and Ronald and Eugenia Steiner. The properties are about 200 feet west of Haskins Park along the Baraboo River, said Tim Mikonowicz, engineer for the well project.
For more than a year village officials have been working on establishing a village well to replace the water West Baraboo pumps from the city at a cost of about $74,000 a year.
In March, a contractor ran a test well drilled along Terrytown Road near Highway 12, which produced a satisfactory water flow. However, Mikonowicz reported in April that the water contained relatively high levels of contaminants such as the poisonous metal arsenic, radioactivity in the form of uranium and nitrates. The amount of contaminants was measured in parts per billion, but was still much higher than the water the village gets from wells in the city, he said.
After the closed session, board members voted unanimously to pay $25,000 for use of land owned by J&B and $35,000 for the Steiner family's land. At the suggestion of Trustee Jim Bowers they added the proviso that the payment would only be made if a test well is successful and they find good water under the land.
Board members also authorized their engineering firm, MSA Professional Services of Baraboo, to prepare documents so they could seek bids from contractors to drill the test well.
Village officials originally planned to drill a second test well on part of Haskins Park. However, Tim Mikonowicz said they decided to use the nearby property for the well and spare disrupting the park.
The contractor who drills the second test well will be drilling deep into a sandstone aquifer, or water bearing rock, along the Baraboo River, he said. It is an area that has a history of providing good well water.
"There's more wells developed in this aquifer, this sandstone aquifer in the Baraboo River corridor, so we have more background of being successful," Mikonowicz said.
The engineer said he hopes test well construction will begin in June. Mikonowicz speculated he could come before the board with a report on the well's volume of production and water quality in August.
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