City of Bishop wells still untouched by drought

bchAlthough rumors in Bishop indicated water problems with the City of Bishop Well #1, Public Works Director Dave Grah said that well “has always been troubled” with high flouride levels and is only used in emergencies as a stand-by. Grah said the two production wells for City customers are fine.

Concerns grew for all well users in the Bishop area when seven or more domestic wells went dry in West Bishop neighborhoods. Inyo Water Director Bob Harrington said his preliminary conclusion was a lack of surface water recharge impacted the neighborhood wells.

After wells in West Bishop went dry, the City of Bishop issued a news release to assure customers that City wells were not affected by the drought so far. Officials did ask customers to conserve water whenever possible.

Public Works Director Grah said that City workers are making it a point to keep an eye on the two City production wells. He said they seem unaffected and that the City is checking them monthly plus looking for new ways to monitor water supplies.

One of the City production wells is about three miles west of the City near West Line St. Officials had earlier said that well is about 400 feet deep with the water level at about 85 feet below the surface. The second well is located near the Tri-County Fairgrounds and is about 500 feet deep. The level of the water is about five feet below the surface.

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7 years ago

Ground water is so precious! what makes anybody think that it is expendable? yes I know that this life of convenience has us all feeling entitled to a point that we do not consider the true cost of what we soak up..
I can’t stand this reactive approach, go ahead folks, keep using that water so you have lawns, golf course’s, huge fountains, and don’t forget to flush each time you use the restroom… at what cost folks?
Water conservation and efficiency hold no relevance in a world where the bottom line is the deciding factor, if we really wanted to conserve and appreciate water, then we wouldn’t see it wasted and consumed in the normal fashions we see today…. Oh but now that Jerry Brown declared this state drought a state of emergency, it time to start thinking about how we use water……
fact is capitalism and this privatization of finite resources holds conservation and efficiency at the bottom of the priority list…

“wells were not affected by the drought so far”.. so lets keep pushing the envelope..