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Montgomery: Power part of problem with new well

Updated: September 24, 2012 7:44AM

MONTGOMERY — Village officials plan to meet with ComEd as problems continue with getting Well 15 online.

The west-side well, which was to be operating in the spring, has failed numerous water quality tests.

“We installed this (a new motor) in the first week in May. So far we have taken 30 water samples and they have all failed,” Mike Pubentz, director of public works, said this week.

The culprit seems to be an abnormal level of iron in the water, yet Pubentz said some other factors may be contributing to the problem.

“Consistent power to the system is very important,” he said. “One way to rid the well of the bacteria is to simply pump it out of there. We will re-disinfect it and flush it again and see what happens.”

Pubentz said the high amount of power needed to operate the well has been inconsistent.

“The motor protection equipment measures those power inconsistencies and shuts down the motor to prevent it from being damaged. All we have been able to determine is that the power being supplied to the site is inconsistent,” he said.

Power has never shut down completely, he said, but the force at which the water is being discharged is unusual.

Noelle Gaffney, a spokesman for ComEd, said the village has contacted the company, but information on any meetings with village officials was not available.

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