The Sherman City Council approved up to $275,000 in funding Monday night for emergency repairs to one of the city’s primary water wells following a recent failure.

The push by city staff for repairs comes as the summer months, and peak water demand are quickly approaching and the well will be needed to meet the city’s water needs.

“Due to the time involved to repair the well and the need to return the well to service as soon as possible to meet oncoming summer demands, it is requested that the council authorize the staff to proceed on an emergency basis to rework and repair the well,“ city staff said in documents for Monday’s meeting.

City described the damaged well as the Dorchester 9 Trinity Well — one of several ground water wells that serve the city’s need.

City staff noted that this is not the same well that received $150,000 of repairs in the fall following a lighting strike that rendered it inoperable.

The Dorchester 9 well has always been a high producer and has not been prone to damage or malfunction in more than a decade, said Nate Strauch, Sherman community and support services manager.

With the emergency designation, Strauch said the city will be able to forego some of the competitive bidding processes and more forward quickly with finding a contractor to complete the repairs. This will help ensure that the well is in operation when demand picks up during the warmer months of the year, he said.

Staff estimate that the cost will fall somewhere between $250,000-$275,000.

Michael Hutchins is the local government reporter for the Herald Democrat. He can be reached at