Weekend rains dampen some plans but don’t put a dent in drought

EAST LYME, Conn. (WTNH) — It’s going to take a lot more rain than we got this weekend to turn the drought around.

A small pond at one Grassy Hill Road home is usually three or four feet higher. But it’s no longer filled with water. An arid scene repeated throughout the state.

Dry ponds and brooks can also mean dry wells.

Fortunately for Richard Caldwell who lives in the East Lyme home his well is dug about 250 feet deep so he hasn’t had any shortage of water. He says he dug it deep enough.

“I believe so yep,” he says. “Yes I did. Hit a good vein.”

A Preston woman we talked to last week is not so lucky. The pond on her property is also dry and her shallow dug well hasn’t had water since June.

“Probably a good time to talk to a well driller to consider drilling a deep well,” says Brad Kargl a utility engineer in East Lyme’s Water and Sewer department.

That’s exactly what she did and it cost her a lot of money to have a new deeper well dug. Kargl who’s department issued a voluntary water ban in East Lyme this summer says there are other options.

“Some might consider contacting a licensed water hauler who can bring potable water to them,” says Kargl. “Fill up their well at least on a temporary basis to get them through.”

His office has gotten several calls from people who have shallow wells and want to tap into the town water supply.

“If they do have a water main in front of their property then that works out well for them,” says Kargl. “If not then we can’t help them really.”

About 30 percent of East Lyme homes have private wells which may be more vulnerable during dry spells. Kargl says he’d like to see an extended period of steadier rain storms.

“It will take several maybe more to begin to make us feel more comfortable,” says Kargl.

drought wells 1 Weekend rains dampen some plans but dont put a dent in drought

drought wells 2 Weekend rains dampen some plans but dont put a dent in drought

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