Lawrenceville to open new well

LAWRENCEVILLE - By a split 3-2 vote the Lawrenceville Council on Monday approved a contract to remove uranium from a water well the city plans to open soon on Ezzard Street. Mayor Rex Millsaps cast the tie-breaking vote.

A motion by Councilman Mike Crow to move forward with the well and enter into the contract with Water Remediation Technology was seconded by Councilwoman Marie Beiser, who both voted for it. Councilmen P.K. Martin and Bob Clark voted against the motion.

At last month's council meeting, a similar motion died for lack of a second.

The Ezzard Street well is part of a city program to activate wells and reduce Lawrenceville's dependence on water from Lake Lanier that it purchases from Gwinnett County. The city-produced well water is also cheaper.

The well, expected to become operational in about two months, will produce about 130 gallons of water a minute, which is about 187,000 gallons a day or about 48 million gallons a year, Millsaps said.

The uranium will be removed at the wellhead with $153,200 in equipment included in the contract. WRT will be paid 49 cents per 1,000 gallons for the uranium removal.

Water from the Ezzard Street well will then be piped to the city's plant at Rhodes Jordan Park for normal treatment.

The city pays Gwinnett County $3.86 per 1,000 gallons of water. Millsaps estimated the city will save about $1.36 per 1,000 gallons by using water from the well.

Approval of the contract was contingent on finalizing a land swap with the county to acquire the well site.

The city has three other wells already in operation including one that was opened last August on Winer Industrial Way. It plans to open additional wells in the future.

Councilman Martin indicated after last month's meeting that he thought the need for opening the Ezzard Street well had been reduced since rains had alleviated drought conditions.