Bryan Times, Dec. 11, 2018 (report by Jen Lazenby, Preliminary well tests reported) An update on the progress of well testing on the Michindoh Aquifer to see if it could be a viable source of ground water for a consortium of seven entities was given to the Henry County Regional Water and Sewer Board of Trustees last week.
In October, the water and sewer board of trustees approved an agreement with Artesian of Pioneer (AOP) to drill and test wells on behalf of a consortium of seven entities. the district, villages of Liberty Center and Whitehouse, cities of Maumee, Sylvania and Perrysburg and the Northwestern Water and Sewer District are partnering for the project to see if that area could support a ground water plant which would supply drinking water to those communities.
On Tuesday, representatives of the seven entities met with AOP owner Ed Kidston and his hydrogeologist, as well as a hydrogeologist hired by the entities, to receive an update on the well testing near Fayette which has been done so far.
Board member Brian Baker attended the meeting and summarized the preliminary information for the board.
“Mike (Gibson) from Eagon (& Associates), who’s our player on the team, said there is an indication that the upper and lower aquifers do tie together somehow, but they’re just not sure exactly how,” he said. “Both consultants agreed, though, in the meeting that what happens in this well field will not affect the City of Bryan or anybody.”
Baker added Kidston is guaranteeing six to eight million gallons per day could be taken from the aquifer.
“But for all of the players to be involved, we’re talking about 15 million, and Ed’s not in the position with the information he knows right now to be able to supply 15 million, so he’s telling some of the people in the room, you may or may not be able to be involved in this,” Baker said.
Henry County Planning Director Nick Rettig said there are three observation wells in the shallow aquifer and one in the deeper aquifer and a 70-hour pump test was done at 1,400 gallons per minute on an irrigation well to monitor the effect on the area.
The draw down was 2 feet and you’ve got a column of water in there of at least 30 feet at minimum,” Baker said, and Rettig added it recovered within a day.
Baker said the entities agreed to continue with the plan and wait for further testing and modeling results, which are expected after the first of the year. Another issue that’s undetermined at this point is what the transmission costs would be to transport the water back to those communities.
Baker said there is some quality data available on the lower aquifer but nothing on the upper aquifer yet.
“Everything at this point is preliminary and not enough yet to publicize,” Baker said. “There’s nothing official enough to make an announcement.”