Survey Points To New Pine Water Source

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Pine may have a new water source. A survey commissioned by the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District shows there is a good possibility of finding water on the northeast side of the community near Dripping Springs.

The spring is near the southern end of the Pine Valley area.

Zonge Engineering and Research presented the findings of a survey it conducted for the PSWID at the district's Jan. 17 meeting. Zonge is based in Tucson and has worked all over the world for 35 years.

Norm Carlson, chief geophysical engineer for the company, said several sites were surveyed in November using an electromagnetic signaling system designed for mining. The system has become a commonly used tool to determine the good sites to drill for water. It has been successfully used throughout Nevada and in northern Arizona.

The system identifies geologic formations.

In the case of the Pine survey, readings were taken from 90 sites. The information was combined with previously mapped fault lines to indicate the most promising sites to drill for water. He said if a well was drilled at the identified site, it would probably need to be 1,000 to 1,200 feet deep.

Carlson said the currently producing Strawberry Hollow 3 and Milk Ranch Wells are at or near the intersection of fault lines, which is why the fault maps were used as part of the survey.

In addition to the Dripping Springs site, two other possibilities are drainages located just north of the spring area.

The survey was conducted where access was allowed as quickly as possible, so is not all-inclusive. More detailed work would be part of the second phase of a water search by the PSWID.

The PSWID took no action on the survey. The survey is an initial step in finding additional sources of water for the Pine and Strawberry communities.

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