CITY OF AUBURN: New well ensures Auburn’s water supply through 2050


City of Auburn issued the following announcement on Aug. 24.

On Aug. 23, 2018, the Water Works Board of the City of Auburn, through its continued planning and forecasting of Auburn’s future water needs, authorized the design of a new ground water well in south Auburn that will add to the City’s supply of quality water resources

Preliminary testing has indicated that the well contains excellent-quality water and has a substantial capacity available to add to the City’s water supply. Design of the well and the transmission main will begin immediately, and construction is expected to begin in summer 2019. Work will last approximately 10 months, and the well should begin servicing the Auburn community by spring 2020.

The Water Works Board of the City of Auburn uses Lake Ogletree as its primary water supply, with a current treatment capacity of 8 million gallons of water per day (MGD). The Lake Ogletree water source is supplemented by a groundwater well with a capacity of 1.3 MGD. The new well has a capacity of 4.4 MGD. In addition to these sources, the board has an agreement with Opelika Utilities to purchase up to 3.6 MGD or more if needed. All together, these sources have the capacity to produce 17.3 MGD. The City of Auburn currently uses less than 8 MGD, and projected daily demands will not reach 13 MGD until near 2050.

Auburn’s water supply is well-positioned to meet demands for the foreseeable future. The new well will provide diversity to the board’s water sources, helping to strengthen the resiliency of the overall water system, particularly in times of drought, natural disasters or other emergencies.

The Auburn Water Works Board’s long-standing partnership with the City of Auburn has resulted in significant water infrastructure upgrades in recent years. Recent projects have included infrastructure improvements downtown, and a new spillway at Lake Ogletree. This new source of high-quality groundwater will benefit the residents of Auburn for years to come.

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