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State to try clean out dried up public Fox well to get water flowing

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Posted: Monday, October 21, 2013 8:30 pm | Updated: 7:15 am, Tue Oct 22, 2013.

FAIRBANKS—The Alaska Department of Transportation is still investigating why the Fox water station went dry.

The popular water collection site 10 miles north of Fairbanks has been closed since Oct. 10 when water stopped flowing from the 27-foot well.

DOT is now planning to hire a contractor to “recomplete” the well, DOT northern region spokeswoman Hannah Blankenship said.

“Recompletion means we will pressurize the well with compressed air, which will clean the screens and re-establish the flow if the flow is being obstructed,” she wrote in an email. “As a well ages, natural debris can clog it, and with this process we hope to pressurize it back out.”

Bids for the job will open on Wednesday, Blankenship said.

“These tests will help us know all of our options and help as we evaluate and move forward,” she said in her email.

Contact staff writer Tim Mowry at 459-7587. Follow him on Twitter: @FDNMoutdoors.

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