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groveton texas city limits 250By Tony Farkas
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GROVETON — After the city of Groveton spent months working on an additional water well, the well was abandoned, leaving city council members looking for new options.

The council approved abandoning the well on Nov. 9, and discussed options for eventually drilling a new well in a different location.

Mayor Ralph Bennett said the council was told the well was not producing water in sufficient quantity, providing about 10 gallons per minute, well below city needs.

The council will explore building a new cistern to hold water with a permanent connection to its supplier, Pennington Water, and discussed hiring a hydrologist to help find a suitable location for a new well.

At its Nov. 27 meeting, the council approved budget amendments for repair work on the current ground storage tank on MLK Drive, as the city received a $500,000 grant with $10,000 match, and a $165,000 change for well repair.

Also, the council was informed that Pennington Water raised its rates to $5.10 per 1,000 gallons, which will take effect in January 2024.

Bennett said the city does not plan on raising rates for customers.

In related business, the council approved payment of $8,625.25 to Inframark, which manages the city’s water and wastewater systems.

Additionally, council members discussed hiring a company to perform lead and copper inspections on the water system, a requirement from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

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