Unexpected repairs cost $50,000,
but it could
have been worse
CLINTON — A problem with the city’s No. 10 water well will end up costing the city more than officials had hoped for, but, ultimately, the well will be returned to new operating condition.
“We got the report back on what all was wrong,” commissioner John Wise reported to the city council on Monday. “It wasn’t as bad, but it’s still nothing good because it’s going to be a lot of money.”
City well No. 10, located behind Clinton YMCA, went down earlier in October.
A company from St. Louis arrived the next day and discovered that the shaft that operates the pump broke. The pump was taken back to St. Louis to be rebuilt.
Personnel were scheduled to inspect the well and perform necessary maintenance.
Wise said the bill for removing the broken shaft and motor and rebuilding the motor will be about $14,000.
The St. Louis company will replace necessary parts, install all new stainless steel rod and put everything back together with new couplings and new joints.
“It’s been in operation since about 2014 and has had nothing gone wrong,” Wise said. “So, knock on wood, it will last a long time.”