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CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, September 17, 2015 NEWS solutions continued from page 1 roughly 30 million gallons a month, an amount easily handled by two of Cheney's eight wells. Wells 1 and 2, located on Eastern Washing- ton University's campus in a pump house along Elm Street produce 360 and 200 gallons per minute (gpm) respec- tively, have high static water levels and recharge quickly. "Those are just good, outstanding and productive wells," Ableman said. During peak irrigation seasons, wells 5 - 8 are put online and help maintain levels in the city's 4.3 mil- lion gallon reservoir system, providing a good supply of water and solid water pressure. Prior to 2014, that irrigation season typically kicked in around July, with the city's monthly water us- age rising slowly at first, but then sharply over a six week period, topping off at any- where between 80 million to 100 million gallons. Ableman said they dealt with this sharp increase by ceasing to irrigate city parks and school district grounds and athletic facilities. Because City of Cheney supply wells depth chart (in feet) Pure Depth 1000 1250 1500 1750 .................. i 2000 2250 2500 KEY 20 in. well diameter 12 in. well diameter 16 in. well diameter 8 in. well diameter .......... J II1[ IL .................... 14 in. well diameter20/16 in. well diameter I I ~] Static Water Level m First Clay Level Begins m First Basalt Level Begins Graphic by Brittani Montecucco The depth of each of Cheney's eight water wells is shown above. While shown uniform, the static groundwater level above eb. . pump actually varies with each well. But in 2014, hotter weather earlier and less than normal precipitation during winter ind spring led to the irriga- tion season beginning in June. Rather than a sharp, quick peak, that season flattened out and lasted longer, rising to about 90 million gallons in July, dipping to just below 80 million in August, and then rising again to about 85 million in September before plunging back down to just around 35 million gallons in November. This year, the increased demand for water began in April, forcing the city to put wells 5 --8 online much earlier and leading to an increase in monthly usage, about 85 mil- lion gallons in June, which is the latest information avail- able. The early high water use dropped the city's reservoir levels to near critical levels and forced severe water re- strictions in late June; early July. Those restrictions eventu- ally restored ~eservoir levels, and they currently sit at a near "~ ;'Capacity 29 feet. the hot weather period was short, these measures worked Ableman believes the city needs to start taking measures to head off any future water crisis. Those start with what" the city can do right now, which is regain some of its pumping capacity through well rehabilitation. Rehabilitation work sched- uled this fall on Wells 1 and 2 should restore their pump- ing capacity from the cur- rent total of 560 gpm to their maximum of 900 gpm. Well 8 was recently rehabilitated and is at its capacity of 400 gpm, while rehabilitation work in the future on wells 5 - 7 will restore them to a total of 1,320 gpm, up from their current 880 gpm. Well rehabilitation work is spendy, and generally lasts 3 - 4 years, Ableman told the City Council at its Aug. 11 meeting. So, other measures are needed ..... Next week: The city looks at measures to utilize two wells not currently supply- ing the regular water system as well as reclaimed water from its wastewater treatment plant. BU,~{ drier winters cou- John McCallum can be to recharge reservoir le~vels pled Wif~tonger, hotter sum- reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress. quickly. .~ mers is to be the~new normal, com. continued from page 1 d" Music will be provided by the Spokane County Firefighters Pipes and Drums Band, a traditional bagpipes and drums band founded in 2010 and of which Munoz is a member, playing one of the snare drums. There will also be T-shirts and Challenge Coins for required paperwork can be expensive. A donation from the Reardan-based business Crop Production Services enabled the Cheney union to undertake and complete that process. Firefighters have helped out with funding local charities and situations of need 4n the past out of their own pockets, Munoz said. The formation of the Benevolence Fund will now enable them to put more bang behind those bucks. "Being a small union we lUSt don't have the re- sources to take part in all the fundraising that goes on," he said. "Our group as a whole believes in be~ ing a part of the community. This will allow us to do that." ; The Sept. 26 fundraiser runs from 5 - 11 p.m., and Munbz said the city will be closing off the 100 block of College Avenue to help facilitate all of the activi- ties. Zentropa Pizzeria and Pub, 122 College Ave., is donating 20 percent of the proceeds from sales taking place during the fundraiser from 5 -- 11 p.m. dependent events, with no centralized budget and any proceeds going to the residents for their use. "There are no rules," Fell said. "Whatever any- body wants to do, they can do." Fell said she is not hold- sale, along with a raffle for a dinner and ride along corn_. with Cheney firefighters and a silent auction. Some of the items for auction are four tickets to the Silver Mountain Indoor Water Park, a brewery and restau- rant package, as well as wine; Eastern Washington University athletic gear and a package for the Water- front Restaurant on Idaho's Priest Lake. "We've got a lot of things coming in," Munoz said. All proceeds from the fundraiser go to the benevo- lent fund. Munoz said they plan to use the money on things such as donations to local community organiza- tions and individuals in need, scholarships and vic- tims of disasters the department might respond to. And while the benevolent fund will be run by the firefighters, Munoz added they plan to put together a sales continued from page 1 ing a yard sale, but merely acting as coordinator for others. She hopes the city- wide sale will become an annual event, and lead to a spirit of community she ex- perienced while attending a similar sale last year about this time in Reardan. The map of locations holding sales during this weekend's Cheney Yard sale can be found at www., and clicking on the link at the end of this story. "That was awesome!" she said. "I wanted to do it here (Cheney) as well." John McCal- lum can be reached at jmac@c ss.ann. Cheney can set up and sell their goods, Individuals wishing to hold a yard sale here are responsible for bringing their own equipment as well as setting up, tearing down and dean up. Fell said the map does not include all area resi- dences holding yard sales as some people contacted her after the deadline. Map cop- ies will also be available at CTC and Cheney's Holiday Inn Exlm . All of the sales are in- ~i ~. "~!ii!!~: i~z~i~!!ii:~i:i; ;~i::~ii!!zi:i!~!~!ill "ii!~ii!i!i!i!~! ~i~ ~: ~ig" ........ ~ "~ii~ii, li~i!~iiiii!: ; i: i iiii!iiiiiiii ...... *' i :.~i~'~iii~i 'i . ]oion Haus PTO.~,T~Y Dr: Scott Bor~hotthaus committee they hope will include community mem- bers willing to help out. "It (the committee) will help determine where the needs are in the community, and the programs that need funding," he said. John McCallum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress. 10 Screens? M A Z IE RUNNER S DR H TRIALS PG-13 Daily (3:15) (4:15) 6:15 7:00 9:15 9:40 Sat.Sun (11:00) (12:16) (1:30) 613 S. 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