Beatrice Water Department Discovers Failing Pump

BEATRICE – A damaged water pump at one of the Beatrice water wellfields will be replaced.

City Water Superintendent Steve Kelley says the damage was recently discovered during an inspection and he says the problem was caught early enough, to prevent possible future damage to the well casing.

Kelley told the Beatrice Board of Public Works Wednesday that replacing the pump and related cleaning will cost about $42,000.   The department typically budgets around $30,000 annually for pump maintenance.  The additional expense will come from water department cash reserves, or by deferring other projects.

Officials discovered a hole in the pump and a camera system was used to examine the damage about 50-to-60 feet underground.  Water was jetting out of the pump into the well casing.

The well, drilled in 1965, is mostly used to provide water for manufacturing operations at the Koch Nitrogen plant, northwest of Beatrice.

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