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La Vernia dedicates new water well

 
La Vernia dedicates new water well
GREGORY RIPPS Cutting a ribbon to dedicate La Vernia’s new water well are (from left) La Vernia City Council members Eloi Cormier and Jennifer Moczygemba, engineer Neal Goedrich, former council member Randy Leonard, council members Marie Gerlich and Harold Schott, Mayor Robert Gregory, U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, and former council member John Richter.

La Vernia dedicated a new municipal well April 17 with a ribbon-cutting at City Hall.

Stormy weather forecasts persuaded city officials not to have the ceremony on the well site at 2071 C.R. 342.

La Vernia Mayor Robert Gregory said the 1,620-foot-deep well and on-site filtration system allows the city to “take control of our own destiny.”

The new well replaces one that has been inactive for several years. The city has had to purchase additional water from the Canyon Regional Water Authority to supplement its municipal supply.

Gregory said the city currently has 600 water meters, but is projected to have 3,600 water meters by 2060.

“We have to go down this road,” Gregory said. “It’s not an option.”

“If you can’t provide basic utilities, you can’t bring in new industry,” U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar said during the ceremony. “The new well provides safe, clean water, ready to meet demands in the future.”

The new well costs $963,794. Cuellar helped secure a $450,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to help pay for it; the city financed the rest.

Gregory thanked former La Vernia Mayor Harold Schott, former and current city council members, and city staff members for helping make the well a reality.

The new well went on line March 21.

 
 
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