CLEARFIELD -- An out-of-date well is receiving necessary updates while also becoming the first of city wells to have an emergency backup generator.
The well is one of three used during the heavy-use summer months. The primary water supply is from Weber Basin Water Conservancy District. Officials say the Freeport North Well has less yield than the 700 South or Hill Field well, but it is still a working component of the system.
However, it is time to do some updates.
Public Works Director Scott Hodge explained that the Freeport North Well was drilled in the 1940s. Since that time, the building surrounding it, as well as fittings and other requirements, have become outdated and now need repairs.
"Regulations change," he said. "It's difficult to change in already-built areas without a lot of effort and cost. But we want to address all those issues."
The plan approved recently by the city council is to demolish the building, build a new structure and bring the well into compliance with federal and state regulations. Hodge said the city well does not comply with codes adopted through the years.
This includes such things as a requirement regarding how close the wellhead is to the floor. Right now, it is only three to four inches above the floor, while requirements dictate around 18 inches, he said.
The approved plan is to update the Freeport North Well to bring it into compliance and to add a backup generator.
"This plan addresses emergency needs as well," Hodge said, noting that the need to add a generator was identified in the emergency preparedness plan. "It can supply a minimal amount of water if need be. If there is a disaster, this is a central location where residents could come get water out to help them survive and get through the emergency."
If power were to go off, the city could operate the well with the generator. This will be the only well to have this feature right now.
Six contractors submitted bids. The lowest bid from Kier Construction Corporation was deemed not acceptable because of two non-
The council approved the second-lowest bid from Counterpoint Construction for $256,685 with a contingency of $68,315.
Total project cost will be $326,000. Funding is coming out of the water enterprise budget.
Other submitted bids ranged to a high of $298,900 from Gerber Construction, Inc.
With bid approval, work can be begin any time on the well and the structure.