After the disastrous fires in 1900, fire protection became a major concern for the citizens of Hopkinton. Our city is now being served by two deep wells supplying a 150,000 gallon tower.
A $400,000 HUD grant made it possible to install a new 8" water main around the perimeter of the city, erect a new 145' tower and drill a new well. Well #4 was drilled in the city's Memorial Park to a depth of 1180'. These water projects were completed in 1984.
Well #1 was a very shallow well that was abandoned many years ago. The pump house for well #1 will be removed in 2012 to make room for the new substation transformer and equipment. Well #2 has been disconnected from our system but is still used for fire protection. Our grade 1 system pumps from
wells 3 and 4 on a rotating basis to insure that we have a working back-up system if it would ever become necessary.
Our only treatment of the water is by chlorination. Several years ago, a gas chlorine leak, that evacuated some of the neighbors near the tower, prompted the Board to install a liquid dispensing system.
Over the years, loss of industry and conservation efforts has decreased the amount of water pumped each month. A circulation pump was installed in the tower to prevent winter freeze-ups.
In 2012, a submersible pump was installed at the tower well to assist with pumping. When the well was drilled, the static water level was 240 feet. In 2008, that level had dropped to 311 feet. Since that time, it has dropped another 14 feet. When work was done a couple years ago, it was noted that we may want to consider contructing a new well. As the state controls the water supply in Iowa, it has the power to set limits on how much water can be used by permit holders. Even if a new well is constructed at an estimated cost of $300,000+, it would not guarantee that we could pump as much water as we wanted.
Maintaining a safe, plentiful water supply will continue to be our goal for the city of Hopkinton.
Several pictures were taken from the top of the tower and have been included on this page.