Water-Related News

Project to Assess Deep Aquifer as Water Source Hits Snag

Officials in Clermont are hoping that the second time's a charm for their Lower Floridan well project.

The project, which is intended to tap the deep Florida aquifer to determine if it can be used as a plentiful source of fresh water for decades to come, hit a snag in September when the drilling company hit a snag about 65 feet beneath the surface.

A.C. Schultes of Florida was trying to pound 48-inch casings down 180 feet to the clay pan. They got as far as 65 feet and couldn't go any further because the pounding had compacted and strengthened the soil to the extent that the pounder was no longer effective.

Now, workers on Monday will commence drilling in hopes of reaching their desired depth.