The community of Clancy established a water and sewer district in 2015 to address infrastructure issues within the community, specifically wastewater issues at the time. The community does not have a central water or wastewater systems, and all 107 households are on individual wells and septic systems.
Testing has indicated elevated nitrate concentrations and positive bacteria tests on a number of individual wells. Twenty (20) individual wells were sampled, fourteen (14) showed elevated nitrate levels, two (2) of which have levels at greater than 10 mg/l, which is the maximum contaminant limit established by the Safe Drinking Water Act. Also, seven (7) of the well water samples have had a positive test for coliform bacteria.
The suspected cause of the high nitrate and bacteria levels is the high density of individual septic systems contaminating the drinking water wells. Excessive nitrate levels in the water is a public health and safety concern for the community and needs to be addressed. The PER will allow the District to evaluate alternatives to protect public health and safety and install a system that will better manage the community’s water supply.
The PER will identify alternatives to putting in a new centralized water system for the District. A variety of systems will be evaluated based on technical feasibility, environmental and land use considerations, and cost of the system and operation. The alternatives may include new supply wells, water storage, and water distribution. The PER will prioritize the alternatives and make a recommendation to the District about the most appropriate system for the community. Evaluating alternatives of installing a centralized water system is the first step to addressing the excessive nitrate and bacteria levels in the District’s water and protecting public safety.