Sunday, June 30, 2013

7-1-13 letter to neighbors regarding water well

RE:      Boyle Home Property

As you reside in the neighborhood of the Boyle Home, I would like to inform you of proposed development to part of the property. The City of Fond du Lac Water Utility is purchasing the vacant easterly end of the site to construct a new high capacity municipal well. The existing building is not part of our purchase and will remain on the market.  Groundwater is the sole source of supply for City of Fond du Lac utility customers. Capacity and production decline over time, and eventually groundwater wells need to be replaced. All wells located in the northern area of the city were built between 1932 and 1952, and some are nearing the end of their natural life. It’s important that a new facility is up and running prior to any major problems with the existing wells. Having a new facility online will also supplement daily needs and reduce demands on the other wells. After investigating several potential sites, the Arndt Street location proved to be the best choice.   We propose to drill the new well later this year and construct the well house building and transmission main in 2014. During the well construction phase, a well drilling rig will be set up on the site for roughly 2 to 3 months. There would be no disturbance to adjoining streets at this time. The well would be capped through the winter with remaining work next year. Construction of the building and underground utilities will occur simultaneously. It will require laying a new raw water transmission main from the site, west to Main Street. The City plans to reconstruct the existing water distribution main, storm sewers and full street replacement for the length of the project. This will be a great improvement for the area west of Park Avenue! We also need to line, or replace the Boyle Place sanitary sewer.  When complete, a city well house makes a good neighbor. It’s quiet and unobtrusive. A utility employee would visit the site most every day to check operation. We plow snow, shovel walks and mow our own grass. To get an idea of the finished structure, take a drive by our Well 10 facility at 169 Bischoff Street, just west of Park Avenue. It’s very similar to the one being proposed and is one of four wells located in residential neighborhoods like your own. Please feel free to give me call me at 322-3682 with any questions, or I would be happy to meet with you. I will continue to update you as plans progress.  


Kathryn Scharf
Water Operations Manager

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