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Spring Hope looking at well replacement

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SPRING HOPE — Town officials will decide whether to repair a well pump on Poplar Street once it can be removed from the ground.

“The site is extremely saturated and the equipment, a boom truck and generator, is heavy and therefore we’re waiting on the weather to cooperate,” Town Manager Jae Kim told town commissioners at the board’s most recent meeting.

Spring Hope draws its potable water from groundwater in four wells inside the town’s limits. The now-closed Poplar Street well once produced a large amount of water for the town.

Town staff has met with Strickland Industries to coordinate with Kris Letchworth of N.W. Poole Well and Pump Co. regarding logistics at the site, Kim said.

“They will pull out and remove the existing pump, install a temporary pump and camera the line to look for locations of fecal (matter) entering the well,” Kim said.

“N.W. Poole states they can typically determine the issue along with recommendation to move forward with repairs or walk away based on this process.”

Kim said he would update commissioners in April.

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