Beginning this month, Lincoln Water System (LWS) will remove ten remaining water supply wells in the old Antelope Valley wellfield. The area is now Antelope Park, Neighbors Park and the Lincoln Children's Zoo.
The wellfield, which served Lincoln from the early 1900s through 2009, once had 27 wells. Three have been converted for non-drinking use by the Parks and Recreation Department and one is being used by the Lower Platte South NRD. The ten to be removed have exceeded their service life and provided a very small percentage of Lincoln's water supply compared to Lincoln's main wellfield on the Platte River near Ashland.
LWS officials said the work involved in abandoning the wells will have little impact on Parks and Recreation or Children's Zoo operations. Visitors may notice some equipment and construction activities in these areas throughout the fall and winter months. The work has been planned so it will not interfere with the annual Boo at the Zoo event October 26 through 30.
The project includes the removal of a well enclosure in Neighbors Park, 30th and "D" streets. The area will be restored to park space.
For more information about the project, contact Steve Owen, LWS, at 402-441-5925 or firstname.lastname@example.org.