Artesian Lake Under Moorhead, N. D.

Artesian Lake Under Moorhead, N. D.

That Moorhead, N. D., has available a practically unlimited supply of pure artesian water is the opinion of W. H. Winchell, former State geologist of Minnesota, who has been investigating the matter. Mr. Winchell says that to the east of the city there is an underground artesian lake, which in all probability extends from the city limits of Moorhead east into the Hilly country through the eastern part of Clay county. He estimates the depth of this underground lake, at the city limits east of Moorhead, to be 125 feet. The hard pan which forms the top crust over the lake is 68 feet in thickness, according to his estimates. Mr. Winchell recommends mechanical handling of the water and in this connection has this to say: “It is for the commissioners of the department to devise the mechanical handling of this water in order to make it of use to the city. But since it is known to rise somewhat above, the level which (above) is taken for its head, it might be made to overflow ‘nto a reservoir directly from the well and in this case the expense of pumping it into a reservoir could be obviated. It is the unanimous opinion of Moorhead people that the report of the former State geologist means ultimate desertion of the Red river by the city as a means of water supply. It is very probable that the city council will take up the matter of adopting a mechanical apparatus for handling the water, in the near future.

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