Neighborhood's Water Wells Drying Up

by Kristen Lowe
NewsWest 9

GREENWOOD- It's been two weeks since the McLains have had running water in their home.
"We packed a bag to take a shower, went to a friend's house or a family member's house," Mike McLain said. "We had to haul water in to brush our teeth and flush the toilet."
It's a problem faced by almost everyone in their neighborhood; their water wells are drying up.
"In the early 80s, there was a whole lot of water here. We were pumping all the water we could get at eighty feet," McLain said. "Double that depth, and you are fortunate to run a household off of it now."
Ron Stanley drills wells for a living. He says he has also seen an increase.
"There's more people here, more usage of the water, the drought, which doesn't allow the beds to be replenished as fast as it has been in the past," Stanley said. "All these things add up to more water being taken out of the aquifers".
He says it's a scary situation that doesn't leave homeowners with many options.
"They either have to add more wells, modify their watering systems, or get large storage tanks," Stanley said.
Any of these choices can get pretty pricey. The McLain's decided to have a second well drilled.

"I haven't gotten a final bill yet, but it could be as much as $5,000," McLain said.
Stanley says the most important thing is to conserve the water we do have.
"Water is the essence of life," Stanley said. "If we don't have water for the people to use, this place will turn into a desert," he said.