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Cheney well redrilling proceeding smoothly

Blue Star crews reach over 700 feet deep, likely approaching sand layer at 750 feet


Last updated 11/15/2018 at 4:16pm

John McCallum

Blue Star Enterprises drilling rig is shown above in this photo taken Oct. 17.

City of Cheney officials hope that, with some luck, they will soon be doing pump testing on the city's redrilled well 3.

As of Nov. 13, crews with Blue Star Enterprises had reached a depth of 700 feet - 150 feet deeper than the previous well shaft that was decommissioned and cemented prior to the current drilling operation. That well ceased being a water producer around 2012, and the city has estimated it will cost $1.8 million to redrill and replace it.

Blue Star began drilling the new shaft next to the old one on Erie Street in September. Public Works Director Todd Ableman said the drilli...

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