Blyth water well gets major repairs

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BLTYH – One of Blyth’s water wells underwent major repairs after an inspection discovered a significant leak in the casing, allowing water to spray into the well.

Public Works immediately took Water Well No. 1 offline.

According to a report by the township's Director of Public Works, Jamie McCarthy, the well was placed on standby pending installation of a new liner, pump and sample results.

Using a procurement process, Veola Water contracted the work to Lotowater Inc., who then identified the issue during a recent inspection of the well and alerted the township’s public works department.

McCarthy prepared a report for council on April 19 informing them of the leak. She requested an additional $75,000 for the repair, noting an oversight in the budget process that did not include any repairs.

The total 2021 budget for inspections was $38,000 for Blyth Wells 1 and 2.

“As required, the Ministry of Environment, Conservation, and Parks (MECP) and the Huron Perth Public Health Unit were notified of the leak,” McCarthy’s report said.

She added that notification was sent to the North Huron Fire Department to inform them of the potential reduction in the water supply.

Veolia Water has relayed all needed information to their operators and continues to monitor the water system.

McCarthy told Midwestern Newspapers that the residents of Blyth have no cause for concern.

“The leak was above the static water level, which we have remedied by adding a new liner and casing to Well No. 1,” she said. “Well No. 2 does also not cause for concern as far as water quality, water testing, and reporting all comes back well within compliance for both wells.

Added McCarthy, “As with all large systems, there are life spans on infrastructure and making sure that we are knowledgeable provides council with budgeting parameters for these items.”

The Ground Water Information Centre described static water level as “the distance from the land surface (or the measuring point) to the water in the well under non-pumping (static) conditions. Static water levels can be influenced by climatic conditions and pumping of nearby wells. They are often measured repeatedly to gain information about how aquifers react to climatic change and development.”

McCarthy noted in her report that this repair serves to underscore the value of a well-developed maintenance program. Regular maintenance prevents what could have been a catastrophic failure of the system.

Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times