Cumberland council approved Monday up to $70,000 funding for well exploration at a clearing south of the Chinatown heritage area, as recommended by Village staff.
In June the Village retained the services of Guiton Environmental Consulting to conduct a groundwater exploration program at three locations south of the Village.
Test holes drilled near the BMX Park and at the foot of Second Street indicated insufficient water quantity to warrant further investigation. Two test holes near the heritage area identified a well that could yield in excess of 200 gallons per minute.
The next phase includes drilling an eight-inch production well, constructing monitoring wells and conducting pumping tests to confirm water quality and quantity.
Work is conditional upon reaching an agreement with West Fraser Mills, which granted the land to the Village. The land in question has a restrictive covenant.