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3rd City of Ferndale water well goes online

Workers drill a new City of Ferndale water well to a depth of 1000-feet in the Public Works shop yard (April 4th, 2017). Photo: My Ferndale News

FERNDALE, Wash. — The 3rd water well operated by the City of Ferndale went online Friday, May 29th, according to city staff.

The well is currently providing 26% of the city’s water supply according to city staff. This percentage is expected to increase once upgrades to the city’s wastewater treatment plant are completed in 2021.

The other 2 wells are at depths of 160-feet and 200-feet. Many other private wells in the area are about 200-feet in depth.

While drilling at a depth of 800 feet, wet sand was discovered and continued for nearly 200 feet according to city staff. At 1,000 feet, the project goal, they were still in wet sand and it was decided to continue at least a little bit further. At 1,034 feet, they said appeared to be a new and previously unknown aquifer.

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According to Public Works Director Kevin Renz in 2018, the goals for drilling the well included providing redundancy in the event either or both of the other two wells should fail, increasing the City’s available water supply and exploring to a depth of up to 1000 feet.

City Administrator Greg Young said in 2018 that, with so many wells tapping the shallow aquifer, it is the city’s hope to transition at least some of City’s water supply dependence from the two shallow wells, to this deeper well.

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