CHIPLEY - The City of Chipley will soon receive a grant for work to bring a new water well around the I-!0 corridor and fund about 1,100 ft. of water main and associated project accessories. The $440,000 grant is funded through the Northwest Florida Water Management District (NWFWD) and is intended to compliment another $440,000 NWFWD grant the city received earlier this year for infrastructure improvements along I-10.
"The City of Chipley well has been declared an imminent and actual threat by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection," the city told NWFWD during the application process. "The well site must either be drilled deeper or moved from the current location to alleviate any future public health risk."
The BP Main Street site is a service and gas station located in downtown, adjacent to the city well site. According to the NWFWD, two active large water supply wells exist within a half mile radius of the site. One of these wells is located on the adjacent property south of the site, directly across Highway 90.
City officials have not yet decided if the well will be moved or drilled deeper but are expected to make that decision closer to receiving funding for the project.