Wells running dry due to drought conditions

SOUTHBURY, Conn. (WTNH)– – Officials with the state Department of Public Health have issued a drought advisory, but some in our state who get their water from wells have learned another way that conditions outside are dry.

Rodger Craig is the owner of a company that specializes in servicing water wells and recently he’s found himself busy answering calls from costumers alerting him their well is dry.

“We’ve probably had 6 or 7 calls in the last week,” said Craig. “We’re starting to see the increase in calls.”

In periods where there has been a shortage of precipitation Craig says if you depend on well water it’s important you keep a close eye on your water usage. Hand dug or older model shallow wells that rely on water close to the surface are the most vulnerable to running dry.

“The first thing I tell everybody is don’t water the lawn,” said Craig. “Let Mother Nature take care of the lawn, if it gets brown during the summer it will come back in the fall.”

Craig says most modern wells that pump up water from deep within in the earth are less likely to go dry but nevertheless he also recommends well owners pay close attention to their home water pressure. If the water pressure is low that means the well might be going dry.

“The best thing to do is go down and shut the pump off and then give a qualified weller or pump technician a call and have them come in and check the system out for you,” said Craig.

Officials with the state are also asking people who use any public water systems to follow requests that are made locally to conserve water.

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