CARPENDALE – “That really set us back,” said Carpendale mayor Casey Lambert this week of the over $41,000 bill for repairing the town well.

By Ronda Wertman
Tribune Correspondent
CARPENDALE – “That really set us back,” said Carpendale mayor Casey Lambert this week of the over $41,000 bill for repairing the town well.
A problem with the pump that supplies the water to the town was discovered Thursday, Jan. 9, and over the course of the next week it was one issue after the next as workers tried to get the well back on line.
Wayne’s Water and Wells had the new pump replaced the next day, but on Saturday they discovered a hole in the new motor where it “exploded internally.”
“When the motor exploded it did damage to the lower part of the well,” said Lambert, adding that a bit had to be put in to re-drill before another motor could be placed.
“We’ve tried and tried to get a hold of the manufacturer of the pump,” said Lambert, noting that the pump was bought in 2014 as the town keeps a spare one hand for emergencies.
Lambert said that he has been told that the pumps only have a 12 to 18 month warranty.
In an attempt to recoup some of the costs, Carpendale is applying for a West Virginia Rural Water Association grant.
Lambert explained that it’s a 50 percent grant and that he is waiting to hear back.
He also reported on appealing to the Mineral County commissioners for assistance, saying, “We will get some money from the county commission, but it will probably be next month.”
The new pump is pumping 120 gallons per minute and Lambert announced that the bill has been paid, adding that with “400 houses you have to see that they have water and you do what you have to do.”
Lambert offered thanks to the numerous volunteer fire departments who hauled water to fill the tank.
“They really did a good job,” he said, noting that two trucks at a time were dumping into two tubs and as two would pull out two more would pull in.
The town also offered thanks to Sheetz, Wendy’s and Chick-fil-a for providing food for the workers trying to get the well back in operation.