A water well that failed last week is putting pressure on one town council here in the east to build a new well.
Production from Newport's newest well had been declining for about 18 months. Officials say the pump was sucking air due to sand-clogged filter screens near the bottom of the well shaft. It's now being operated at a lower volume to hopefully avoid another failure. Crews forced a burst of air down the shaft to blow out the screens to clear filters.
Officials say water usage has broken records at certain times this summer, but right now, officials don't expect any restrictions to be handed down.
Testing is still underway for any sign of bacteria in the well which has yet to be put back online.
Plans to build a new well are already in place, but a site has yet to be chosen.
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