Sparwood is trying to find a new source for clean drinking water.
Staff have begun work to replace the district’s third well, with Teck agreeing to reimburse construction costs of 3 to 5 million dollars.
Director of Engineering Danny Dwyer says they want to find potable water unaffected by selenium from mining activities.
“We are drilling a new one to replace Well 3 as a result of increased selenium levels in our water supply,” Dwyer says. “There are no health concerns at this time, but there are increased levels and we are looking at replacing that.”
Dwyer says they are looking near Cummings Creek as a potential site.
“We did a test well in that area in 2014 and have done pumping analysis and chemical analysis of that water source,” Dwyer says. “Its a matter of finding a location to drill a well where the boundaries of that aquifer run.”
Staff will need to construct a pump station for the new well, along with transmission mains once a location is found.
The project could be completed by late 2018.
– Sparwood’s Director of Engineering, Danny Dwyer