Drought taking its toll on wells and other water sources

PRESTON & BALTIC, Conn. (WTNH) — The sounds of running water haven’t been heard at one Preston home all summer long.

But now water flows from a single hose leading from the house to make sure the water runs clear from a newly dug well.

A shallow well on the property dried up three months ago and a very busy well drilling company came to the rescue this week.

Because it’s been such a tough summer the owner didn’t want to appear on camera but tells News8 she couldn’t bath, do dishes, or flush her toilet without hauling in water since June.

Her new well is 300 feet deep. For her its all she needs but it’s still not quite deep enough for the Spielman Dairy Farm in Baltic which can’t count on its wells to keep the cows hydrated and happy.

“One of them we only get about eight gallons a minute out of so we’re not getting nearly the amount of water we need,” says Justin Spielman.

Instead he has had to pump from a pond on the property where the water is chlorinated and aerated for better quality.

The water level used to be at the top of a rock in the center of the pond. “So right now we’re still probably another five feet low from where we were before,” says Spielman.

He used a nearby pond to supplement it but after that ran dry he started trucking in water from a Franklin pond.

“We’ve hauled almost a million gallons of water back into the pond to give our cows water,” says Spielman.

And it hasn’t been cheap.

“All farmers have been praying for rain all summer long,” says Spielman.

So has one Preston woman who after three years of a dry well decided she needed to dig deeper to find water.

The costs have piled up. In addition to the drilling company there’s also the plumber and electrician to pay.

Fortunately she has Uncle Billy who will be able to fill in the trench which was dug for the new water line.

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