The town of Mineral is taking preventative measures to make sure their main water source is operating the way it should for the foreseeable future.
On June 22, Well 4, the town’s primary water source, was taken offline for 10 days as a precaution.
Town manager Sal Luciano said inked an agreement with Utilities Services a few months ago to perform annual routine maintenance on the well.
The well is supposed to produce more than 100 gallons of water per minute. Luciano said it was producing just 68 gallons per minute prior to being shut down on June 22.
“We had a problem with the well and we got to looking to see what it’s going to cost to pull the pump and replace it,” Luciano said. “We went back through the paperwork and realized that the well had never been cleared.”
Issues were raised back in April when the town used nearly all of its water supply when the pump “burned up” after a couple of large fires.
That forced the town to buy water from the Louisa County Water Authority for several days until the well had replenished.
Utility Services was contracted to come in and evaluate the well and help determine the next course of action.
They company checked that lines were not clogged and used carbon dioxide to clear the lines. Cameras were used to search for any issues.
The results were typical. The town manager said the casings were getting old, and it was determined that it was best to pull the old pump, put in a new sleeve and grout it.
“Basically, we wanted to rebuild it from the inside out,” Luciano said. “Then we’ll do a pump test to see how much water it’s actually producing.”
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