The Sylvania Recreation District had to pump about 20 million gallons of water from Silica Quarry into Centennial Quarry this year.
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Centennial Quarry has been replenished with about 20 million gallons of water to bring its depleting water level up to normal.
Ken Katafias, operations manager for Sylvania Recreation Corp., explained that Centennial Quarry, a swimming facility that relies on a local aquifer for water, had dropped about six feet in the past two years.
In the 2012 swimming season, the water level dropped about two feet, and another four feet at the end of last season, which ended on Labor Day weekend, he said.
“Having the water level drop makes overhead activities like the diving platform unusable because there’s no depth beneath the children,” he said.
In the beginning of May the quarry, located at 5773 Centennial Rd., and owned by the Sylvania Recreation District, received about 18 to 20 million gallons of water to bring the entire surface, which is about six acres, up to a safe swimming level. Mr. Katafias said the deepest depth is 25 feet.
The project, which was completed on May 20, entailed channeling water from the nearby Silica Quarry, which is a half-mile south west of Centennial Terrace and Quarry, through a series of pipes.
Mr. Katafias said the water was provided free by Hanson Aggregates, which owns Silica Quarry. The pipes were rented for $4,000, paid for by the Sylvania Recreation District.
“If we didn’t do it, we couldn’t open the quarry,” he said.
Mr. Katafias attributed the declining water levels to primarily to minimal snow falls the area has experienced in the past winters, and northwest Ohio had drought conditions last summer.
Developments, residential or business, could have added to the reduction of groundwater which flows into the aquifer, he said. Anything that creates a hard paved surface prevents the water from being absorbed, and storm sewers also carry the water away to Lake Erie, he explained.
Gregory Huffman, Sylvania Township public works manager, said he was not aware of urban growth impacting the water level of any of the local quarries. Mr. Huffman noted that since the economy slowed down in 2008 there has not been any new growth in the area.
The last time the quarry received a boost of water was 10 years ago, Mr. Katafias said. Last summer about 250 people visited the swimming facility per day.
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