Brockway well slated to go online soon
Truckee-Donner Public Utility District’s new Brockway Well will most likely be online before the summer rush, said district staff.
The new well will have the capacity to produce between 1,500 and 2,000 gallons of water per minute, and will most likely be the second largest well in the district.
Although the treatment facility building will not be constructed until the fall, the well has been drilled and constructed and the pump is being installed, so water will be online this summer.
“The well has taken longer than we anticipated to construct by a couple of months,” TDPUD General Manager Peter Holzmeister said. “We want that well online this summer.”
The TDPUD Board of Directors authorized the district to buy the well pump for the project without going out to bid to expedite putting the well online, Holzmeister said.
“Right now we are pumping to clean the water out and we are testing the water,” said TDPUD Water Superintendent Ed Taylor.
Taylor said the well should be online by the last week of June, and construction of the facility building will not begin until after Labor Day.
The Brockway Well site is located on a small piece of Seventh-Day Adventist Church property, just off Highway 267 before the airport. The project has a low visibility, and can’t be seen easily from the road or from many houses, Taylor said.
The new well will help the district keep up with the growing demand for water as development in Truckee increases, he said.
“Our demand keeps going up with all of this development. That’s why we are taking the temporary step of putting the well pump in,” he said. “If we didn’t have it running by this summer, we’d be pretty close to our source. We need to be able to handle any situation that comes our way. We need the back-up.”
The total budgeted cost for the Brockway Well Project is $750,000.
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