CHATTANOOGA The Chattanooga Public Works Authority was awarded funding from a state drought grant this week for the completion of a new water well to relieve conditions of wells producing progressively lower yields of deteriorating quality.
The Oklahoma Water Resources Board approved a $43,498 drought grant to the Chattanooga Public Works Authority, J.D. Strong, executive director of the state agency, announced. The grant is to be matched with $7,677 in local funds.
The money is earmarked for completion of a water well drilled recently in Chattanooga's well field northeast of town, near Faxon.
Chattanooga has two functional water wells that, under normal circumstances, collectively had a sustained pumping capacity of 90 gallons per minute.
However, peak summer demand is approximately 100 gpm, civil engineer Steve Cesar of Altus estimated. Furthermore, yields from the two wells have steadily declined over the years, and, during the current, prolonged drought, production from the pair of wells has dropped "noticeably," Cesar wrote in a recent report.