By Karen Billing
The Rancho Santa Fe Association board approved an $8,000 funding request at its Aug. 1 meeting to clean and repair a well on the Osuna Ranch.
The well clogged and failed in May and the pump was shut down. An inspection showed that the well hadn’t been cleaned in over 20 years, according to Daria Quay, ranch manager.
Well water is used to irrigate all the open space, pastures and turn-outs, and is also used by drinking water for the horses living in the paddocks and back barn.
The Osuna has two wells, one on the lower pasture that pumps water up the hill to a holding tank. The second, upper well that is in need of cleaning and repair is located in a small turn-out by the main barn off Via de Santa Fe.
“The Ranch is currently doing OK with just the one well but the pump is running 24/7 in order to pump water up the hill so our electricity bill is high,” Quay said.