Explosive repair

By: 
Wade Young, wade@montgomerymnnews.com

Dave Traut, of Traut Companies, (right) watches as Gunnar Kern of the engineering firm, Bolton & Menk, detonates five pounds of TNT inside Well No. 5 near Montgomery’s Water Treatment Plant on Wednesday, June 8. (Wade Young photo)

City officials are hoping the multiple explosions of TNT in one of its wells last week will fix a water flow problem before the rehabilitation begins on the city’s water tower in mid-July.

On Wednesday, June 8, Dave Traut, of Traut Companies which specializes in wells, drilling, and water treatment, was at Well No. 5 near the city’s water treatment facility at 16638 – 340th Street. Traut was hired by the City on the recommendation of the Public Works Advisory Board.

City Administrator Brian Heck said the well, which pumps water to the city’s treatment plant and then to residents, has had a low flow rate for years. The city has spent upwards of $30,000 to fix it, according to Heck.

“From what I understand, the well isn’t drawing enough water, and then doesn’t recharge efficiently,” he said.

Traut’s solution was to drop...

To see more on this story pick up the June 16, 2022 print edition of the Montgomery Messenger. 

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