City works to purchase land to drill water wells, increase available drinking water

An ordinance was introduced at the Dec. 13 City Council meeting to approve the acquisition of a 4.46 acre tract of land situated North of LA Hwy. 478, from Elizabeth S. Arthur, et al, for $83,000. The City desires to increase the water available to the City Water System and previously negotiated a lease with the Arthurs for the property in order to drill a test well. The test well was successful and the Phase I cultural resources survey has now been conducted. The City desires to acquire the property for the purpose of drilling water wells for the production of drinking water to be used in the City water system.

Director of Purchasing Edd Lee said this is part of the plan to rehab Water Plant No. 3. This will be used to supplement the water supply while Plant No. 3 is out of service for the rehab. It’s also a component of a grant the City received recently to deliver potable water to Powhatan residents. The new wells will produce 300,000 gallons of water per day. Powhatan uses 20,000 gallons per day so that’s a net increase for the City of 280,000 gallons per day.