Wiggins: Full speed ahead for new treatment plant, pipeline and augmentation ponds

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From The Fort Morgan Times (Dan Barker):

The augmentation ponds the project requires are basically done, although a water flow monitoring system needs to be installed and the rest of the land should be seeded to prevent weeds, said Tim Holbrook of Industrial Facilities Engineering, the company directing the project, during Wednesday’s monthly meeting of the Wiggins Board of Trustees. Footings are in place for the water treatment plant building, which will sit over the wells which are already drilled. Work is being done on walls and a water tank, and equipment for the treatment is expected in two to three months, he said…

Another part of the augmentation plan is to buy a structure from the Orphan Wells of Wiggins which will allow the town to send water to the river to offset depletion of groundwater by the new town wells…

Board members also approved an extension on the closing date for buying nine more shares of water rights from Tom and Donna Deganhart and gave Mayor Mike Bates authority to OK another extension if needed. Board members also approved a funding ordinance, which was necessary for buying the shares, said Wiggins Town Attorney Melinda Culley. Buying the shares is contingent on the approval of the Weldon Valley Ditch Co…

The town needs monitoring wells to determine how much the augmentation ponds impact their area’s groundwater levels. At least one neighbor has complained that he feared that the ponds might hurt his crops and buildings if the water level rises too high, Rogers said. It is important to get that done before the ponds begin to fill, said Public Works Director Jon Richardson. Monitoring wells could go in during the next week, Rogers said, and water could begin flowing in the Weldon Valley ditches very soon.

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