The Well #4 pump-lowering project was completed and production started June 14. From 2007 until Well #4 went dry last August, it and Well #6 together pumped all the groundwater to which we were entitled and could easily meet our highest daily demand. They can do so again.
Without Well #4, we could not pump all the groundwater to which we are entitled this year. That is especially critical to meeting our mandatory conservation plan to avoid buying any imported water from Calleguas in 2022. By implementing that plan we can avoid the much more severe use restrictions that come with imported water, which is also very expensive and not actually available in the quantities we might want. So, let’s celebrate the return of Well #4 and get busy reducing our water use by 20-25% compared to last year.
The Well #4 story is recounted in this series of posts. The pump-lowering project may not be a long-term solution. It is a new pump in an old well that is getting out of alignment, which may cause faster wear. The general manager estimated that its useful life may be as short as 5-10 years. There is also the possibility that deeper water will be of lower quality and the likelihood that the groundwater level will continue to decline unless we have a series of rainy years. Thus, we may need a new well in the future, and maybe we should be planning for that now. However, having a third well now–or two more wells now–would not entitle us to pump any more water now. We still need to reduce consumption 20-25% because all our wells will have to be shut off when we have pumped our entire annual allocation.
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