Ind. residents suspect irrigation drying up wells
Residents denied previous offer for city water
Last Updated: 103 days ago
COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) - Residents in a south-central Indiana subdivision where two private wells have dried up believe farmers' heavy irrigation of nearby cropland during the current dry spell may behind their woes.
Villa Park residents Pat Ellis and Jerry Harper say their wells dried up this week in the subdivision south of Columbus.
Both men told The Republic (http://bit.ly/148vBiY ) that a recent test on another neighbor's well showed that the area's water table had dropped six feet in four months.
They suspect the culprit is farmers' heavy irrigation of nearby corn and soybean fields in recent weeks as scant rain has fallen on that part of Indiana.
But Bartholomew County hydrologist Tom Finke says he doubts farm water use would so quickly deplete the area's underground water supply.
About a decade ago, Bartholomew County's water utility company asked Harper and his neighbors if they wanted to abandon their wells for city water, but just about everyone said no.
Now, Harper and some of his neighbors have changed their minds and are circulating a petition to bring a main water line down their street.
County officials said they will consider the idea, but they're not sure if it would be financially viable.
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