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Graettinger Begins Well Construction After Receiving Grant

August 14, 2019
By Joseph Schany , Emmetsburg News

by Joseph Schany

Plans are underway for the construction of a new well to supply clean water to the City of Graettinger after receiving a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in June.

The city is planning to use the funds to build the new well as a replacement for two of its existing three wells currently serving the community. Iowa standards require at least two reliable water sources that are capable of meeting all water quality standards.

In order to provide the community with quality water, the city applied for the CDBG in March and was awarded $250,000 to use towards the project. Several test drillings were completed in an effort to find a suitable location for the well, finally settling on an area north of the city.

While other projects were considered, it was decided that a new well was the most practical and important option.

"We want to provide the best for the people of the City of Graettinger," commented Monty Schany, Mayor of Graettinger. "Constructing a new well was top priority, and will continue to make Graettinger a great place to live."

The new well will be similar to Well 5, which is currently the only well meeting Iowa water standards. It will be able to pump 200-250 gallons per minute and will help provide the 70,000 gallons of water the city uses on average each day.

Construction of the new well is expected to start this October, with the well completed and functional by May 2020.



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