County To Drill Borehole


The search for water in the Pine-Strawberry area by drilling an exploratory borehole is a go.

Awarded to a New Mexico drilling company at a cost not to exceed $142,500, the project is expected to begin May 15 or May 16. The site will be located in Strawberry on West Tonto Rim Drive.

It should take 14 round-the-clock days to complete the project. Because of expected noise, the two nearest residents will be offered alternate accommodations for the duration of the drill.

"We think we've got a very good possibility for success there. But our main intent is not necessarily to find water," said Robert Mawson, project coordinator for the Northern Gila County Water Plan Alliance. "It is to perform geological exploration to find certain kinds of rock, like red wall shale, which would tell us a great deal about the existence of water."

The Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District will discuss the issue during its meeting at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, May 13, in the Pine Fire Station's training room.

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