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By Andrew Christiansen

Bickleton water system gets new well


Andrew Christiansen

WATERSHED EVENT: Mike Copenhefer stands at the well head for the new Bickleton water system.

The first part of the Bickleton town water system has been completed with the drilling of a well, just west of town. According to Bickleton Community Council Chair Mike Copenhefer, the well is 368 feet and pumps 300 gallons per minute. The system will eventually service 45 to 50 hook-ups within the town and its growth boundary.

The water system became necessary when wells in the town were found to be high in nitrate. Each of the residences and businesses in the town has their own well and septic system. According to Copenhefer, the fractured basalt aquifer allowed easy pollution and movement of nitrate and septic system leachate. The 100 foot set-back requirements were also problematic fo...

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