Rexburg City Council has approved the plan to continue with the Water Facility Planning Study, which includes studying the water distribution systems and the building of two new water wells.
“The final water study is being completed right now,” said John Millar, the public works director.
Millar said the legislative process on the new wells will begin next month.
“We have to go through the process of securing the wells through the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, so we won’t know on that until April of this year,” said Keith Davidson, the city engineer.
Davidson said drilling is only a minor part of building the well but the pipeline work can only be done in good weather periods.
Millar said that the water study has been in place for the past few years.
“We have known for some years that we need additional capacity,” Millar said.
The U.S. uses 79.6 billion gallons of fresh groundwater per day, according to the National Ground Water Association.
Davidson said Millar has been working on getting additional water rights for the past eight years.
The water here in Rexburg comes from groundwater.
Ninety percent of freshwater splies are underground, but less than 27 percent of water Americans use comes from underground, according to the National Ground Water Association.
Millar said Rexburg’s groundwater is good quality.
Davidson said a cost estimate for the two new wells and waterlines is around $11.1 million.
Davidson said the money will come from a loan from Department of Environmental Quality.
Davidson said the water in Rexburg is not treated, but 32 tests a month are run at different locations in the city and are to the Department of Environmental Quality standards.
“It takes about two to three months to build a well,” Davidson said. “As for building the reservoir and everything, it takes a year to a year and a half.”
Davidson said the time has not been set yet for exactly when the construction is going to start on the wells,
He said anticipates construction will start this summer.