Saturday, May 24, 2008

Deep aquifer in Pine?

The Payson Roundup reports on a controversy over claims that an untapped deep aquifer can supply all of the town of Pine's water needs and is justification to lift a building freeze. [right: credit Rim Country Regional CC]

The paper says the 1,000-foot-deep well drilled by a local realtor, found water at 620 feet, below the typical depth of about 400 feet or less, which flowed up to 240 gallons per minute during a weeklong test. Geologist Mike Ploughe is quoted as describing the water source as a regional aquifer.

Critics claim the flow is not sustainable and sediment in the water will impede production.

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