Al Pierce, who represents Consolidated Technologies, the organization testing the quality of the new water source, spoke at the Chickamauga City Council meeting Monday, Nov. 5.
According to record water needs during the last drought, the new well would actually have 30 percent capacity beyond the city’s greatest demands, Pierce said. The well is pumping out about 1,300 gallons per minute, he said.
The water provided by this new well is high quality, too, Pierce said.
“All these fancy bottled water companies out there look for something that is less than 1 turbid-ity,” or clarity, Pierce said.
“(Level) 5 turbidity is completely clear water as far as you can see with the naked eye,” he said. “When you get down below 3, it’s something that tastes perfect to your tongue. That well cleared down to 1.
“It looks like it’s going to end up being a real prime water source,” he said