Our Public Works Department has begun building a brand new water well on the northeast corner of Lemon St. and Maple Ave., near the Old Towne Orange Parking Structure.
Construction on Well 28 is expected to begin today, June 1, and continue through October 28. During this time, a drill will be used to bore down into the aquifer beneath Orange, where our city gets around 75% of our drinking water supply. The drilling will last approximately 30 days. The project also includes the installation of pumping mechanisms and piping to hook this new source up to our City’s water supply.
During the construction, work hours will be kept from 7 am to 4 pm, though there will be some periods that will require 24-hour non-stop construction activity. We will do everything we can to reduce the impact of these periods. To help mitigate any disruption to the surrounding neighborhoods, we will be installing a 24-foot high sound attenuation wall around the property. We do not expect any traffic impacts to our streets beyond brief periods of minimal impact caused by the delivery of construction materials.
Once Well 28 has finished construction in October, work will begin on the surrounding property, which will be transformed into a new passive pocket park, and include decorative perimeter fencing, benches, café game board tables, a central tree planter with edge seating, lighting, landscaping, and a drinking fountain. Both phases are being designed to reflect the character of the surrounding Old Towne neighborhood.
For more information, please call our Public Works Water Division at (714) 288-2475.