CARMEL, Ind. (WISH) - The Flowing Well in Carmel is likely to remain closed until some time in October.
Routine tests, early this month, revealed contamination in the water.
That's why there's an orange plastic fence around the well in the park at 116th Street and Gray Road. The Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation Department suspects the contamination comes from a break in the pipe between the wellhead and the public taps.
It says additional testing revealed the wellhead itself is also contaminated. That suggests the presence of a leak in “the casing surrounding the well.” That could be “allowing surface water to enter the well.”
The department says on Wednesday, two contractors will begin working to resolve these two separate issues.
Michael Klitzing, the assistant director of the department told 24-Hour News 8 the staff made some changes at the well. But the results of the earlier tests suggest those repairs didn’t solve the problem. That’s why the contractor is being hired.
If they conclude the contamination comes from the well itself, the work becomes more challenging.
Then, Klitzing told 24-Hour News 8, a camera will be sent into the source water to see whether that reveals a deeper break. He said the camera would give them a look at what may be the well’s original pipe. He said it probably stretches down about 75 feet before reaching a layer of limestone.
If it is original, the pipe is roughly 100 years old. People drilling for natural gas back in the late 1800s or early 1900s found water, instead. Now, if that old pipe is defective, “it will need to be replaced.”
Once repairs are completed “the well and distribution system will need to be completely sanitized. We then must wait at least 24 hours prior to testing, and then have two water samples test negative for any contamination," the department said.
So, the well will remain closed “until further notice.”
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