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7/1/2014 11:34:00 AM
New Dogtown 4 well to cost city of Williams $730,000

Marissa Freireich
Williams-Grand Canyon News Reporter

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - In the wake of the Dogtown 1 well failure, the city of Williams is moving forward with plans to develop a new well in the area.

Williams City Council members approved the location for the new Dogtown 4 well at their June 26 meeting. Dogtown 4 will be located 200 feet southwest from Dogtown 2 and 100 feet east from the Dogtown 3 waterline.

According to a staff report from Kyle Christiansen to the mayor and council, city staff chose this location after consulting with HydroSystems, Inc., which completed a survey in the Dogtown area in 2006. The chosen location is far enough from the collapsed Dogtown 1 well while remaining close enough to the existing water and electrical lines.

The next step is for the city to obtain permits from the U.S. Forest Service and Salt River Project officials, which could take one to two months. After that, drilling would take another two months.

The Dogtown 4 well is expected to cost in the $730,000 range, including drilling, engineering, utilities to the new well site and a new water line.

Dogtown 1 stopped producing water on May 19, although the reason has not yet been determined. The well was previously producing about 250 gallons per minute, which came out to about 11 million gallons per month.

City staff is now exploring the option of reviving the Dogtown 1 well. The first step in doing so is to determine the problem by removing the column pipe. Drill Tech workers have already tried unsuccessfully to pull the system several times using cranes, but the system is stuck. The next course of action will be more drastic.

"They send down a charge, which in essence detonates, and they hope...that the column pipe will separate from the top of the motor," Christiansen said.

If workers can separate the column pipe from the pump, they'll be able to send a camera down into the well to diagnose the problem. City staff is still waiting for an estimate of how much the process would cost, and the city council would likely have to approve the expense.

In other water related news, the Rodeo Well is in its final testing stages before it can be connected to the city's water system. At the June 12 council meeting, Christiansen reported that the arsenic level was at 10.2 parts per billion, and the arsenic level must be at 10.0 parts per billion before the city is able to send it to the distribution center. However, the latest arsenic reading came back at 17.3 parts per billion.

"Current tests show the arsenic is creeping back up but still within around where we can treat it at water treatment plant," Christiansen said.

He explained that the water will be blended with water from Dogtown Lake and the Dogtown 3 well and then treated as a whole.

Pending some final testing and pipe work to connect the Rodeo Well to the Dogtown line, Christiansen expects that the city will be using the well within the next two weeks.

Until the water from the Rodeo Well is drinkable, the water is going into the effluent water supply, where it ends up watering the golf course.

City officials received some good news when they learned that the Rodeo Well was pumping more water than they originally thought. While water officials originally estimated it was pumping about 120 gallons per minute, the new estimate is 140 gallons per minute.

"That doesn't sound like a lot up front, but when you do your math it equates to quite a bit of water during the day," Christiansen said.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, July 20, 2014
Article comment by: BBQ COWBOY

I am not a troll! I am a person, and my name is BBQ COWBOY!!! YEEEEE HAAAAAAWWW!!!!!

Posted: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Article comment by: Don't feed the troll

Folks this person is just a troll, trying to get people angry with stupid comments. Just ignore them and they'll go away.

Posted: Monday, July 14, 2014
Article comment by: Fred Thompson

Are you listening city elders??? I'm not paying taxes in the city of Williams to have yahoos take advantage of our water problems. Just cut them off now or triple the price. Let them drive to Belmont.

Posted: Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Article comment by: BBQ COWBOY

Williams Resident I,

My name is BBQ COWBOY Yeeee Haaawww!!! If I were a female my name would be BBQ COWGIRL! At least the entire City of Williams knows you have a gender bias now…. There goes your credibility!!! Obviously you are illiterate as well because in my original comment I clearly stated I haul my water from the Williams water station, not Belmont. Unfortunately for you if water prices are increased I can just haul my water from Belmont or Flagstaff and you will be stuck with high water prices. So “What goes around comes around,” comes right back to you!!!!

Too bad the City of Williams can’t enforce the water restrictions out in the county. Thanks for your comment and attempting to read/ interpret mine!!! I think the most appropriate way to end this comment is to give Williams Resident I a big YEEEEEEE HAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Posted: Monday, July 7, 2014
Article comment by: Williams Resident l

What a wonderful attitude! I'm sure everyone will be so happy for you.
We should all celebrate with water price increases (just for people with awesome attitudes like yours) for those who haul their water from Williams. Unfortunately there are many people living on hwy 64 that don't have an awesome attitude like you and would also get to celebrate with water price increases.
May I suggest you continue hauling your water from Bellemont and not bother to grace us with your awesome presence.
What goes 'round, comes 'round, and it's usually when you least expect it. Good Luck to You!

Posted: Friday, July 4, 2014
Article comment by: BBQ COWBOY

I would like to start my post by sayin YEEEE HAAAAWWW!!!!

I would like to say thank you to the City of Williams for spending $730000 on a new well so I can continue to water my horses! I live out on highway 64 but I haul all my water from the water station in Williams. I have not tried to conserve any water since I technically don’t live in the city. I really don’t care if the city runs out of water because I can just haul it from Belmont or Flagstaff it really don’t bother me a bit. I haul multiple loads of water a day from the Williams water station and I change my 500 gallon horse trough daily.

Mayor Moore himself promised me he would find a solution to the problem by not repairing Rodeo RD anytime soon so I could continue to change my 500 gallon water trough daily. I would like to give a yeee haaaww to Mayor Moore!!!!!!!!!!!

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