LAYTON -- With six deepwater wells, Layton has found a way to become less reliant on buying water from outside its boundaries. Part of being self-sufficient, however, is to maintain an existing equipment.
On Thursday, the city council authorized an agreement between the city and Widdison Turbine Service, LLC to have the company perform a well rehabilitation project for the well at 1573 N. Fort Lane.
"To maintain our wells is of upmost importance," said Mayor Steve Curtis. "We want to have good clear drinking water."
Public Works Director Terry Coburn said the six wells provide more than 50 percent of the city's drinking water. The Fort Lane well is 40 to 50 years old, Coburn said, and 700 to 800 feet deep.
"Down at the bottom of the well is a screen," Coburn said. "Over time you get build-up on the screen with hard water deposit."
Widdison Turbine Service will remove the pump and perform acid and chlorination treatments on the screen. The project will clean and chemically treat the well to help ensure continued water production at optimum performance in the future.
Widdison Turbine Services offered the lowest bid, in the amount of $120,696, of the three companies hoping to be awarded the project. Coburn said the city engineer's estimate was $120,000 and the other bids were $140,830 and $166,500.
Councilwoman Joyce Forbes Brown asked Coburn if the city always accepts the lowest bid.
"If we feel the lowest bid is not responsible, than we don't have to accept it," Coburn said.
Layton also purchases water from Weber Basin Water Conservancy District.