Water well for community


May 25, 2010 at 12:25 a.m.
Updated May 27, 2010 at 12:27 a.m.

GOLIAD - The historical La Bahia community soon will begin much-needed construction on a new water well.

A ground breaking ceremony was held Tuesday off U.S. Highway 183.

Residents of La Bahia have long had issues with contaminated water wells.

"Water wells in the past have tested positive for fecal coliform bacteria, which is an indicator it has been exposed to human waste," said Laura Waldrum, community relations coordinator.

"A $1.5 million grant from the United States Department of Agriculture will enable 125 residencies and businesses to use the new water well," said Melissa Bryant, project engineer for water resources and community development department for the San Antonio River Authority.

The well will measure 500 feet deep and will be located in an open area where there are no homes, said William Zermeno, vice president of the Goliad water supply cooperation.

The well will draw water from the Gulf Coast Aquifer, said Bryant.

"We want clean, healthy water; this community is 261 years old," said Zermeno, who has been working on the project for five years.

Historical significance of the area was a main concern of residents and officials.

"We had to protect the archeological work in the area and all the historical structures," said Zermeno.

The new well will be on a first come, first serve basis as the grant will cover the first 125 residencies and businesses.

Bryant said that those who register after those who are covered by the grant will have to pay for the meter and cost of installing the lines.

"So far we only have 104 signed up," said Bryant, who is encouraging people to sign up as soon as they can.

The total cost for the project will be $1.7 million with a $200,000 loan from USDA.

"We were able to provide the fee money to initiate the project," Bryant said.

Construction is anticipated to be completed by Christmas.

"We'll also attempt to write (a grant) one for Weesatche," said Waldrum.



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