Wells Drying Up

By: Beth Shayne Email
By: Beth Shayne Email

Like dried up corn stalks and brown front lawns, a busy season for well drillers is a sympton of drought.

"Last week, I went to turn on the faucet and there was just a trickle," Tonya Pierman explains.

The well that feeds her home in Bath went dry last Friday. She called Dyer Well Drilling, like many neighbors and other people in the area before her.

In DeWitt, Williamston and Bath especially, they've been busy lowering wells and replacing burned out pumps.

"There is not enough water pressure, enough flow and it's lowering the tables in the well," Gordon Reeder, a service tech with Dyer, explains. He says low water in the Great Lakes makes low water tables all over the state, which means many wells simply aren't deep enough.

The cost to replace and lower the pump means reaching deep, deep into your pocket. Pierman's work was $1,200 dollars.

The problem at this point is so bad it's meant Dyer is even digging new wells, for customers who'd done fine with shallow--say 75 foot wells--in the past.

What's more it's not a trend that's easily reversed.

"If it rains right now," Reeder says, "it's still a long time before that rain gets into the table itself."

It likely won't get better until both, a rainier season, and a cooler one.

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