One of Wauconda’s nine water wells will require $92,000 in repairs.
One of Wauconda's nine water wells will require $92,000 in emergency repairs, village officials said.
Although the village is tight on water, with a conservation ordinance in effect through September, officials said the damaged well shouldn't hinder the amount of water the village can use per day.
Village Administrator David Geary said officials have seen a rise in water use in recent weeks. Water flow has increased by about 400,000 gallons per day from the village's normal level of about 1.3 million gallons per day.
"We're monitoring water usage daily, watching it very closely because we're in a dry spell right now," Geary said.
The current water conservation ordinance, which began this month, restricts outdoor water use to odd-number days for residents with odd-number addresses and even-number days for those with even-number addresses.
"That's always done a nice job of keeping the (water use) intact for us," Geary said.
If the village sees elevated usages for extended periods of time, the mayor would recommend increasing restrictions, he said.
"We don't foresee that happening right now," Geary said.
The 1,000-foot underground water well, located off Gilmer Road, requires repairs due to damage caused by an electrical short that burned out the pump.
The village has hired Municipal Well & Pump to do the repairs, which will take about three weeks. Until then, officials said they will use the eight existing wells as water sources.
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