The greatest challenge over the past 32 years has been the operation of the wildlife park without adequate water resources. Early in 2012, the Board of Trustees voted to move forward with a remedy for this problem. This would be the most ambitious and expensive project ever undertaken by our non-profit organization as we would need to raise funds for the purchase of an adjoining 12 acre parcel, drilling of a new well, obtaining Commercial Water Rights (4 acre feet), obtaining a Transient Non-Commercial Public Water System Permit and replacing existing water tanks with those approved for drinking water.
In March of 2014, we went “online” with the new system, which consists of a pump-house, two “state of the art” solar powered pumping systems with the capability of producing 3,600 gallons per day and a hydrogen peroxide water treatment system which gives us clean, safe water for our guests and our animals.
New tanks allow for 17,600 gallons of on-site storage and a separate tank system tied in to the old well makes 10,000 of water available for fire suppression and dust control.
This new water system gives us the ability for improved maintenance and expansion of ponds for the animals in addition to the addition of lots of new trees as we are still recovering from the devastating fire of 1999. This project would not have been possible without the support of the community!