As a former Water Plant Supervisor for the City of Bryan during the 1990’s and early 2000’s, Andy Struble speaks from experience.
In a presentation to the Perrysburg City Council on May 21, Andy provided much-needed factual information.
How many wells will AOP need to provide 14 million gallons per day and the capacity to double that amount for emergencies?
Then he gave some examples: If the well capacity is 1,000 gallons per minute x 60 minutes per hour x 24 hours =1,440,000 gallons per day = minimum of 10 wells are needed.
If the well capacity is 1,400 gallons per minutes x 60 minutes per hour x 24 hours = 2,016,000 gallons per day = minimum of 7 wells are needed.
In both examples, double that amount is needed to cover emergencies (an OEPA requirement).
Andy’s presentation continues: “A very large well field, several miles in diameter will be required so the cones of depression around each well don’t interfere with each other. Surface protection areas around the wells will need to be established to prevent pollution from agricultural and industrial operations. Williams County only pumps 1.5 billion gallons per year. AOP is proposing pumping 5 billion to 10 billion gallons per year.”
“The aquifer is not a huge underground lake of water. It is an underground system of mixed sand and gravel layers covered by dirt and clay. The mix is only 100 to 200 feet thick. Water slowly moves through it from NE Indiana, Southern Michigan and NW Ohio in a southeasterly direction. The water typically moves from inches per day to feet per day and is not without limit. Recharge to the aquifer system mainly occurs in the lake areas of NE Indiana, southern Michigan where the glacial gravels reach the surface of the land and through rivers and streams throughout the aquifer boundaries. Recharge rates can be a little more than one foot per year in the North to a few inches per year in the South where there is a much thicker cover of clay. Recharge would naturally be greater during a wet year and less during periods of drought.”
Andy made additional arguments:
Kidston says the aquifer around Fayette is not part of the Michindoh but the USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) says it is!
The proposed water system by AOP will be the largest individual ground water pumping project ever attempted in our aquifer.
Irrigation systems in this area are already interfering with residential wells and that only happens a couple of months each summer. What will continuous 24-hour-per-day pumping do to the residential wells and property values around Fayette?
What about all the cattle feeding operations in the area, will their animals have water?