Officials in the North-Central Idaho city of Grangeville have declared a water emergency, saying water production in their community is "precarious" and further well water issues "could threaten fire protection."
The Idaho County Free Press reports that the Grangeville City Council declared an emergency "due to an imminent threat to health, public safety and santitation," triggering an expenditure of $82,850 to repair the city's Park Well. The paper reported the motor, shaft, column and screen at the well were "totally shot," requiring an "overall assembly replacement."
"This is probably the biggest public emergency you can have; not having adequate fire protection," Grangeville Public Works Director Jeff McFrederick told the Free Press."
A Nampa company, Layne Pump, has been contracted to conduct the repairs, which are expected to take approximately two months to complete.