Wauneta water project remains on schedule

Wauneta’s $3 million project to get arsenic in its water down to an acceptable level is moving through its early stages, still on track for its scheduled 2020 completion.
    David Blau of Miller and Associates of McCook, consulting engineer on the project, said early steps like a topographical survey, selecting an alignment for the transmission mains between the wells and the village and locating where two new wells will be drilled, are finished.
    Design will continue through the winter to determine necessary elevations, design of the wellhouse buildings and the piping in those.
    The project will involve drilling two new wells that will replace existing ones—a third existing well will remain in use—and running a water line from those wells to the village.
    Blau said the only changes in the project so far are minor, such as the directions of some of the pipes.
    “Once we know exactly where we’re going with the alignment, that’s when we work out details to get the exact legal descriptions (of needed land) for the easements.”
    Village Public Works Superintendent Bill  Bischoff said getting the water from the wells into the village water system will require about two to three miles of main, depending on the final design.
    There have been no real surprises during the design phase, which itself is not surprising, Bischoff said.

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