Lightning strike leaves Clarkdale Mountain Gate Well inoperable | The Verde Independent – Arizona News

Lightning strike leaves Clarkdale Mountain Gate Well inoperable | The Verde Independent – Arizona News

CLARKDALE – Clarkdale suffered repeated lightning strikes during the Verde Valley summer monsoon’s downpour July 23.

One of the strikes touched down on the Mountain Gate Well, rendering its variable frequency drive inoperable. The broken drive prompted the town to activate the emergency water to the Haskell Springs well site. The damage to the drive was irreparable, despite efforts to replace the fuses, and an emergency purchase was made for a new drive at $19,563.

The delivery for the new variable frequency drive will take about a month as it has to be custom built.

“We are asking that residents be more conservative with their water usage at this time,” said Gayle Mabery, town manager.

Clarkdale entered Demand Reduction Strategy Level II, which is a water emergency. The level II requirement states that sidewalks, driveways, parking areas, tennis courts, patios, or other similar paved surfaces shall not be washed down with water. There will also be no new landscaping for commercial projects and water features that hold more than 100 gallons of water will not have water added to them.

According to the town, the Utilities Department was first notified of an issue with the water system when residents of the Panorama Subdivision reported lack of water at approximately 6:30 p.m. After the power that had gone out during the storm was restored, it was discovered that the variable frequency drive for the Mountain Gate Well was inoperable.

A water level decline at Haskell Springs July 28 lead to a decision Monday to contact Cottonwood and initiate operation of the Intermunicipal…

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