The township Planning Board unanimously approved plans for the Lacey Municipal Utilities Authority’s two new wells.
After receiving a water allocation permit, the LMUA will be modifying its water treatment facility at Chelsea and Bayonne Streets in the pines for well seven.
The current system, for well one, provides 500 gallons per minute to the Authority’s system on a daily basis, said Engineer Alan Dittenhofer of Remington Vernick & Vena. That well, along with wells two through five, isn’t confined.
“There is a chance that it can ultimately at some point be contaminated so the authority decided to proceed with that to have an alternate source,” he said.
With a confined well, contamination is minimal, he said. This well will contain iron filtration and chemical disinfectants, he said.
“This water has been fully tested. It’s been proved by the state as a source. There is nothing in the source that would cause any concern or alarm,” he said, adding that the water being pumped out is 40,000 years old.
Additional property was acquired for wells seven and eight. For well seven, the water treatment plant at well one will be upgraded. There will be a building addition, well house and backwash tank, he said.
The well will have 1,000 more gallons capacity, he said.
Wells seven and eight are 1,500 feet deep, adding excess capacity, Chairman Jim Knoeller previously said.
The site at well seven will also be cleaned up, said Dittenhofer who designed the original building 25 years ago. Although the building will be renovated, architecturally, it will remain the same.
For well eight, which is currently a 100-foot-by-100-foot square vacant lot, a 209 square foot well house, generator and 12-foot wide asphalt driveway will be built, he said.
“It’s considered a major site plan but I reviewed it as a minor site plant,” Board Engineer Bruce Jacobs said, recommending the Planning Board deem the application complete.
The well is located several hundred feet away from well seven, Dittenhofer said.
The well has been dug in the middle of the lot, he said. The facilities and fencing will be added to the site.
“It’s a pretty basic site,” he said, adding that the plans are “standard.”
An eight-foot high chain-link fence is required for security reasons, he said.
“All of our sites are monitored by closed circuit TV cameras now,” he said.
Jacobs requested landscaping along the site.
“We really would like not to have landscaping. The reason is when we did our risk assessment after 9/11, most of the sites that had landscaping around the township, that landscaping was removed for security measures,” Dittenhofer said.
The Authority agreed to place limited landscaping along the residential side of the lot, he said.
The LMUA has previously said that they are hoping the new wells will provide a form of rate stabilization to the township.
Each well cost $1 million and a total of $2.5 million for treatment, he said. The main reason for installing two new wells was to maintain non-contaminate water and to offset increases.
Since the wells will provide more water than the township needs, the LMUA will look to sell water to neighboring townships, Knoeller said.
In December 2011, the LMUA expected the wells to be in service by the end of 2012.