Emergency well is ready for operation

Mercer Island residents gathered at the site of the Rotary Park emergency well on Tuesday morning, Sept. 7, for a well activation and operation procedure overview led by MIPD officer Jennifer Franklin.

The well pump at Rotary Park on Mercer Island activates the distribution of well water during an emergency.

The well pump at Rotary Park on Mercer Island activates the distribution of well water during an emergency.

Mercer Island residents gathered at the site of the Rotary Park emergency well on Tuesday morning, Sept. 7, for a well activation and operation procedure overview led by MIPD officer Jennifer Franklin. Islanders practiced screwing a water distribution pipe into one of 12 distribution sites, where the Well Operation Team — which is now comprised of 55 volunteers — would dispense bags containing six quarts of water, along with a chlorine tablet, to the public during any emergency affecting the Island’s water supply. A bulk loading team would also deliver water to neighborhoods in 250 to 325-gallon water totes.

A citywide emergency drill is set for Wednesday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. “We’re going truly operational with this — a test to see if they could function by themselves,” said Franklin. “The biggest thing is if everyone was just to get their own kit, and there, the job is done.”


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