The Kenai City Council moved another step closer to preventing city water shortages at its Wednesday night meeting.
A $168,250 contract was awarded to Kraxberger Drilling Inc. for work on a new test and production well to serve the city of Kenai. The well will tap into the Beaver Creek aquifer, which supplies Kenai's water, at the corner of Swires Road and the golf course.
This will become the fourth well in Kenai's water system. Two of the wells have been in use for many years, and the third was drilled four years ago. With the present system, all three wells feed into one 12-inch pipe that carries water into town. That main line then branches off and carries water throughout the city.
According to Kenai Public Works Manager Keith Kornelis, the problem is that only so much water can fit through the main pipe into town, and if anything happened to that line there could be serious repercussions for the city water supply.
The new well will be drilled farther out on the aquifer and bypass the main line, thereby providing water to the system from another location.
"We won't be relying on one line to feed the system, which will make a big difference as far as flow," Kornelis said. "We just can't get enough water through the one line."
He said the city has had problems getting enough water due to the water restrictions in the one pipe. He also said the fourth well will allow the city to fully utilize its water reservoir, since the extra water will make it fill much more quickly at night.
The Swires Road well is the second attempt at remedying this problem.
A different well was attempted by the airport, but the water quality ended up being very poor, Kornelis said.
In other council news:
n A $228,882.30 contract to Zubeck Inc. was approved for work on the building at Kenai Municipal Airport that houses the crash truck and snow removal equipment for the airport.
n An increase of $37,305.30 was approved in the Airport Land System Special Revenue Fund, and an additional $251,882.30 was approved for site work in the airport's capital project fund.
n $114,390 was accepted from a capital project matching grant from the state of Alaska.
n A bid was awarded to Totem Equipment and Supply Inc. for a Parks Department front-mounted mower for $15,195.
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