Oakley Mayor Wade Woolstenhulme said they went through a learning experience last month, when one of their major well sources required some repair and maintenance.
The Mayor said the problem occurred at a well with, maybe, a fitting name.
“We had a well that we called it our Humbug Well. And we had some issues where it wasn’t producing, and we needed to pull the well and clean it and do maintenance to it that hadn’t been done for a long, long time.” Mayor Woolstenhulme explained “In the process we found the pump wasn’t working correctly, and we had some O-rings that were displaced. So, things weren’t working very good. So, we were shut down with that source for probably about three weeks.”
He said the city has three major water sources.
“The other two sources kept up really good until we got to the heat of the summer, and then people started watering outside, and so we had to ask people not to water outside. But we got through it.” Mayor Woolstenhulme said “We got everything back together now and running, and we’re keeping up. We’re gonna get on a better maintenance program in the future; and hopefully this will never happen again.”
The Mayor said the city will work better on its communications for the future.
The city’s website says that the Humbug is now 90 percent full, and they plan some further work on it in the fall. The city is asking residents to water every third day.