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No deficiencies found in well survey

Thursday, October 19, 2006

MYRTLE -- No deficiencies were noted by the Arkansas Department of Health after they did their yearly sanitation survey of the wells in the city of Mammoth Spring.

Mammoth Spring Mayor Jean Pace said the survey is done yearly.

The city operates two wells. One was built in 1937 and the other was built in 1982. Pace said the total storage capacity is 200 gallons. The tanks serve 1,448 people.

"The system is in good order and is maintained by a competent, conscientious operator (Greg Kirkpatrick)," the health department inspector wrote in the survey.

Pace said the only area of improvement needed at the water department is a backup generator.

"An engineer from Entergy was in town last week to see what would be the best kind of generator for our water system. No decision has been made about the generator at this time," the mayor said. She said the health department recommends all water departments have a backup generator. It is the responsibility of the city to pay for it.

Pace said she is pleased with the outcome of the sanitation survey. "The city is very fortunate to have a responsible person like Greg to oversee our wells," Pace said. "He does a good job and the recent survey shows that."

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