(Atlantic) The Atlantic City Council pushed “The Private Wells” ordinance through Wednesday night. The Council passed the first reading of the revised ordinance on September 5, however Baker Lemar asked the council to hold the second and third and final readings at the September 19th meeting because it needs to be filed with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources by September 30th, 2012.
The revised ordinance allows closed-loop wells, non-drinking water wells greater than 1,000 feet from an area of contamination if the building it serves is more than 250 feet from an accessible public water supply.
Currently the IDNR has identified the old Atlantic Street Garage site at 211 Commerce and sites at 1408 East 7th Street and 100 West 2nd Street as contaminated sites under Iowa law. The IDNR and the cities Consulting Engineers at Barker Lemar, have recommended that the city adopt this ordinance restricting certain private water wells because they felt that this action would more effectively protect public health and at a lower cost than either by removing the contaminated dirt at an estimated cost of $150,000 or monitoring these sites over the next thirty to fifty years until the contamination has dissipated at an estimated cost of $10,000 per year.
The original letter from the IDNR had also asked the City to address the public water lines adjacent to these contaminated sites as their records showed that the gasket material on these lines was SBR which is not impervious top petroleum products. It has since been discovered that this is not the case and there is not a threat to these lines.
The ordinance passed unanimously.
September 19, 2012