New well building supplements Auburn Water capability

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If all goes as expected, this drilling site near Victorious Life Worship Center will be the location of Auburn Water System well No. 8.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 03:51 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Expected residential growth in northwest Crestview is leading the city’s two water utilities to launch water drilling projects within a few miles, just months of each other.

For the last two weeks, motorists rounding Blueberry Curve north of Crestview have noticed a newly erected derrick in front of Victorious Life Worship Center near the State Road 85-Lake Silver Road intersection.

The derrick — topped by an American flag waving in the breeze — marks the spot where Auburn Water System officials hope to drill the utility’s eighth well.

“It will just be a well and a well house; no tank,” Auburn Water General Manager Doug Sims said.

The Crestview City Council at its Jan. 14 meeting also approved a contract to begin drilling a water well on Old Bethel Road, to be located on city-owned property across the street from the historic Old Bethel Cemetery. Drilling should start within a month.

Bob Baker, account manager and geologist for Layne Christensen’s Pensacola office, said the worldwide water management firm has started preliminary work at the Blueberry Curve site.

“At this point, it’s simply a test well,” he said.



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