Coast Guard Station getting new well

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 5:30pm
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The Coast Guard Station that sits near the channel to the Great Salt Pond is getting a new well to service its water supply needs. The station had been receiving water from a well at Champlin’s Marina through an old water line that is in disrepair and no longer functional.

Facilities Manager Sam Bird told The Times during an interview at his office that the town hopes to install the new well on an easement on Nature Conservancy property in the near future at a cost of about $125,000. The project was initially budgeted at $62,000 that would be funded from the capital budget, with the balance coming from other monies for repairs of the Coast Guard Station. The town needs to sort out some logistical issues before proceeding with the project.

Bird said a 3,500-foot water line would be installed under Coast Guard Road to deliver water from the well to the station. The water will be delivered to an accumulator, or holding tank, in the station’s basement that will hold enough water to accommodate 22 to 24 people.

Marc Tillson, the town’s Building Official, who resides at the Coast Guard Station, said the new well would be a driven well installed inside a cement vault on Nature Conservancy land. “I’ve been working on this for years,” he said. “The problems associated with the old system have been going on for years.” He said the Navy and the Coast Guard installed the original water line in the pond, and the well at Champlin’s Marina, in the 1950s.

Bird said the Coast Guard Station had been receiving its water from the Champlin’s Marina well since the 1950s. The problem, he said, is that the water line runs almost a mile through the water under a mooring field, and it keeps breaking due to boating activity on the pond. Due to a number of breakages, the water line is no longer effectively providing water to the building.

“So it’s limping along,” said Bird, who noted that the Coast Guard Station is currently being supplied water from a limited, shallow well located at the Chief’s House on the property.

Bird said that A. Transue Corporation bid $103,000 on the $60,000 budgeted project at the end of March. The lone bid was “way over” what we budgeted, said Bird, who noted that the town would like to work with the contractor on the project. He said the town would be spending $20,000 on an archeological study. “So we’re trying to find funding for the project.”

As for the timeline, Bird said the town “would like to start digging now.” He said the installation of the waterline and well should take about two to three weeks to complete, depending on weather.

Bird also said the town “would not be abandoning the old waterline and well” that provides water from Champlin’s. “It’s great water,” he said. “And we have a right to that well.”

The well at Champlin’s is located on land to the northwest of the tennis courts on the property and delivers water to a pump house that pumps it across the pond to the Coast Guard Station.