LAYTON -- Technology brought new life to a city well on Fort Lane and is part of the city's plans to potentially revitalize its other four wells.
"What we've done with the new technology is go in and clean the well and chemically treat it," James Woodruff, city engineer, explained of the process.
Woodruff and other city leaders reviewed the well-testing as part of a budget work session. City officials spent $150,000 on the process during this current fiscal year and are planning to budget $150,000 for the 2013-14 fiscal year for the same process. The city's new fiscal year begins July 1.
Woodruff said the process for the Fort Lane well made that water source better than it was originally. He said the well used to have a draw of 90 feet, and after the process was drawing water at 9 feet -- costing the city less in electrical costs and taking the strain off the pump.
The well process also includes a detailed analysis of the water source and detects potential problems with the well, allowing the source to be treated with chemicals.
City Manager Alex Jensen said the process has been a great find for the city.
"The results have been tremendous, and the idea is to systematically test all of the wells," Jensen said.
The city uses a mix of well water, plus water from the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District, to provide culinary water to residents.