From the Cañon City Daily Record (Charlotte Burrous):
The Park Center Water District Board received good news Wednesday when it learned it was on the list for funding to drill a new well through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Located on BLM-administrated lands, the 80-year-old artesian well known as the Park Center Well developed a leak late last year. Since then, BLM and Park Center officials have been scrambling to solve the problem in order to accommodate the 4,000 water users in the Park Center Water District. “The BLM will coordinate the plugging of the old well with the drilling of the new one to minimize impacts to local water users,” said Royal Gorge field office manager Roy Masinton. “This should be possible unless the old well fails.”
More coverage from the Pueblo Chieftain (Tracy Harmon):
The artesian well is located on BLM land near Canon City and supplies water for the Park Center Water District. The district uses the water for fire suppression and for its 4,000 domestic users in North Canon…
As part of the replacement process, an environmental assessment is being conducted and should be complete by July. The drilling of the new well should be done by early 2010. Competitive bids will be sought. Exact cost of the replacement well will depend on the bids.