Wellhouse #5 in the City’s River Bend Park provides the City with safe drinking water and restroom facilities for park users.
The City of Horicon had deficient firm well capacity and two non-code compliant wells originally constructed in 1912. The wells had insufficient casing depths and one had perforations in the casing.
The City’s goal was to develop a new water supply without the need for basic treatment. A secondary goal was to locate a new source east of the Rock River, since all of the wells were located west of this geographical divide. To do so, the City constructed test well(s) locate a source with water quality similar to their primary well. The City ultimately constructed a new municipal well in the City’s Riverside Park (east of the Rock River). In order to satisfy a goal for shoring up the water system capabilities east of the Rock River, a new 12-inch diameter water main river crossing was installed via horizontal directional drilling. Since the wellhouse was located in a City’ Riverside Park, the building included public restrooms and a drinking fountain to be available to park users. Since funding was included, the City opted to design the facility to allow for an expanded footprint for the future addition of treatment facilities.
MSA provided assistance with funding for the improvements via two separate loan/grants received through the DNR Safe Drinking Water Loan Program (SDWLP) and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). A total of $800,000 in principle forgiveness was obtained for the $2.4M project.