Second drilling of well to replace tainted one brings water to Pittston couple
With the second attempt, well drillers hired by Pittston town officials may have found a good source of water for Greg and Arlene Snow.
On Thursday, Greg Snow said the 500-foot-deep well drilled by Rolfe Well Drilling was producing about 2½ gallons of water a minute.
Now, Snow said, he and his wife are waiting for test results to tell them whether the water is free from salt contamination.
Snow said he’ll commission his own test of the water to make sure the water is free from any other contaminants as well.
The new well is only 100 feet from the first drilled well.
At a Board of Selectmen’s meeting Oct. 24, town officials said that well, drilled to more than 800 feet, had come up dry – something no one expected.
After the Snows first approached the town more than a year ago with a complaint about their well water, rounds of testing determined that the source of the contamination was road salt.
During a site visit in late August 2017 by the state Department of Environmental Protection, town officials learned that outdoor storage of salt had been a problem nearly three decades earlier on that site.
They say everything in their home that water has touched has sustained damage, including pipes and appliances.
“The more we drag it out, the worse it’s going to be.”