Waterline goes in at Dogtown No. 1

Permanent infrastructure for Dogtown Well No. 1 is progressing.

Glen Cornwell, city field operations director, said the electrical conduit has been installed and Arizona Public Service started pulling wire on Monday. The same day, construction crews met with city and Forest Service personnel and began installing the waterline for the well, which is located about a mile southeast of Dogtown Lake.

At a special meeting called Oct. 19, Williams City Council approved a bid of $66,957 to Shill Enterprises of Camp Verde for installation of 3,000 linear feet of 4-inch permanent waterline to Dogtown Well. Six companies bid on the project, with the low bid coming from Shill. High bid was $152,700. City staff estimated the project would cost around $122,000.

“We checked with the Registrar of Contractors in Phoenix to verify Shill’s references and called several of those,” said Joe Duffy, assistant city manager/finance director. “Based on that, Glenn (Cornwell), recommended city council award the bid.”

Cornwell estimated it would take about four weeks for Shill to complete the waterline, barring bad weather. He said Ron Stilwell, city water department manager, will oversee the project.

Last week, city street crews started laying AB to construct a one-mile road connecting the well to the Forest Service road system.

Duffy said, until permanent infrastructure is in, the city spends just under $10,000 a month to run the generator and supply fuel for the Dogtown Well. Its operation requires 500 gallons of fuel per day.

Rodeo well

After problems surfaced in the pump at the Rodeo Well in September, the city shut it down and hired Drill Tech of Chino Valley to pull it. The city sent the pump back to Central Lift in Tulsa, Okla., since it was under warranty.

In mid-October Stilwell, Pat Carpenter, city councilmember, and Patch Karr of Barbie Drilling traveled to Central Lift to discuss problems regarding the pump at the Rodeo Well. Barbie Drilling of Williams was the city’s consultant on the Rodeo Well project.

“After the meeting, it looks like the pump motor and seals and possibly the cost to pull the pump will be covered by Central Lift,” Stilwell said. “The pump motor has a new veritable speed drive, which has never been field tested and is not compatible with the generator.”

Duffy said the pump cost the city $80,000 and the cost to pull it was $28,000.

Meanwhile, the Rodeo Well replacement pump is having circuit board problems, which city crews are troubleshooting.

“There’s a small glitch in the board, which causes it to be shut down daily and has to be manually reset,” Cornwell said.

Water stand improvements

When the city went to a computerized system to dispense water at the rodeo grounds water stands, it began charging existing county residents a one-time $75 fee to use the system. A portion of that fee is now being used to make improvements at the water stands.

“The biggest problem has been drainage, so we installed a manhole and underground road drain,” Cornwell said. “We are going to re-identify the water stations by color coding the hoses and signs so people can easily tell which station they are using.

“We’ve installed lights inside the card readers so see them at night and put heat tapes on the outside pipes, which froze up in the past.”

He said the road at the waterstand has been widened to accommodate waterhaulers.

“Part of the overall plan for the rodeo grounds is to reroute traffic going to the water stands and transfer station onto Frank Way,” Cornwell said.

Approximately 500 water cards have been issued since the computerized water metering system was been installed during the summer of 2000.

Due to Williams limited water supply, the city will not issue water cards to county residents who have purchased property after June 2000.

Cornwell urged citizens to call him at 635-4451 should they have concerns.

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