Oshkops special reserve has been closed for several days as the water levels of its well are still rising, but officials are still expecting a lot of water for the residents and businesses.
The well, in the west end of Oshksi, is one of the last remaining in the world to have been drilled in the lake area, and it was drilled in 1935.
The well has never been filled with water before.
“The water level has not changed and the water is still at about 9.6 feet [2.3 meters],” said Mark Zaleski, a spokesman for the Oshkowski District Office of Emergency Management.
“It’s the only one that is in the reserve.
That means the water will be available for the foreseeable future.”
The area surrounding the well has been flooded, and officials are planning to shut down the well for the day.
Water has been leaking from the well over the past several days, causing the water to rise.
“When we started getting that, we realized that we’re not going to be able to keep the water at 9.8 feet, but the water still is rising and the pressure is coming in,” Zalesk said.
The water is being pumped out of the well and is expected to flow into the city’s water supply.
Officials have told residents to stay in their homes until they see the water level in the reservoir drop below 8.9 feet, which is the water that will fill the well.
A group of Oshkers have been protesting the closure of the water well, which they claim is in violation of the citys conservation laws, according to the Oshkos News-Press.
“We are not just protesting the water, we’re protesting the loss of the right to drink water,” said Chris Papp, a protester from Oshkoses East Park.
The group of protesters held a rally Monday morning outside the city hall.
“They’re not just doing this to be angry, they’re doing it for the city to pay for this water,” Papp said.
A statement from the city says it will continue to work to maintain access to the city supply until the water supply is safe.
The city says there will be no further restrictions on the water source.