New Water Supply Needed

Plattsmouth entered into an agreement with HDR Engineering Inc. for preliminary design services on a new water supply well.

During the Missouri River flooding this past summer, three of the city’s wells were inundated to a depth of 4 to 5 feet in each respective well house and are inoperable. The estimated repair costs totaled $363,000. The alternative to repairing the wells, which could be damaged again by flooding if the elevations remained the same, is to build a new well.

The Cassgram reports the action taken by the council Monday begins the process of constructing a new well to replace those three.

In his report to council, City Administrator Erv Portis said the city is working with Federal Emergency Management Agency officials to assure federal and state reimbursement. “At this point, we have confidence that reimbursement up to 87.5% of the City’s costs, to include engineering services, will be available,” he wrote. “However, no one can promise when that FEMA reimbursement will come” and the city may have to consider borrowing money through the state’s environmental revolving loan fund until the FEMA funds arrive.

The engineering work will include project management, overseeing the test hole drilling, recommending the final well site and assisting with the permitting process support.

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