A rural neighborhood in northwest Franklin County will get a new drinking water well thanks to some quick work by county public works officials.
Franklin County commissioners were surprised Wednesday to learn they had received all of the $100,000 in federal money they requested to repair the well that collapsed in April.
The 45 residents served by the well near the intersection of Fir and Taylor Flats roads have had to drink bottled water and get non-drinking water from an old, shallow well.
"Essentially, their water supply is gone," said Commission Chairman Rick Miller. "This is an emergency situation, and we can get this for the people."
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The emergency Community Development Block Grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development will repair the well owned by the Sunset Domestic Water Association.
Commissioner Brad Peck praised public works employees for quickly getting the money after the commissioners voted last month to apply for it.
"I wouldn't have bet on us getting all the money," Peck said. "The people who had their water basically collapse on them ... I hope they realize how close to miraculous this is."
The county still needs to get official paperwork from the state commerce department, which is administering the grant, so construction might not start for three weeks, said Matt Rasmussen, assistant public works director.
Peck said he hopes they can get the state to act more quickly. "What sounds like a quick two to three weeks to us can seem like a long time to (the residents)," he said.
To replace the well, the county will have to drill a new well and install a new casing pipe and pump.
Also Wednesday, commissioners discussed: