State to Pressurize Dry Well to Look for Clogs

State transportation officials are investigating why a popular well used by Fairbanks cabin dwellers without running water went dry.

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by Associated Press

FAIRBANKS- State transportation officials are investigating why a popular well used by Fairbanks cabin dwellers without running water went dry.


The state will start accepting bids Wednesday to "recomplete" the well.


DOT spokeswoman Hannah Blankenship says in an email to the newspaper this is a process in which the well is pressurized with compressed air. The intent is to clean screens and start the flow again if there's an obstruction.


She says pressurization can help clear natural debris that clogs wells as they age.


The DOT has jurisdiction over the spring, which is actually a 27-foot deep well with a holding tank. It was drilled about 10 miles north of Fairbanks in 1980, and has never has gone dry before it stopped flowing this month.

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