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Water runs dry in wells

June 16, 2006

Albany -- Our rain deficit in Albany is now more than eight inches, and more than just crops and plants are extra dry. Well drillers are responding to more dry wells than usual because of the lack of rain.

Gardening has taken root in the lives of Army and Katie Thomas. The lack of rain has affected their favorite hobby.

"I'm growing greens. I'm trying to grow squash, look at my squash over there how it's withered since it's not rained," said Katie

Katie Thomas is thankful for the steady flow of water she has today. Her water comes from a well, and the rain deficit has caused levels to drop.

"I know that something was wrong when I turned it on and the water didn't come," said Katie Thomas.

The Thomas's had water last night, but when they woke up this morning is when they discovered their pump had gone dry.

It's a problem Neal Eubanks Pump Repair company has had to fix on two different wells in Lee County in less than one week. Repairman Neal Eubanks says the dry weather has caused water levels underground to drop several feet.

"It went down overnight, so the only thing we could do is come on down, pull it out, measure everything, and we went on down below forty feet so they could have plenty of water now," said well repairman Neal Eubanks.

The pump on Thomas's well was changed and needed to be lowered. It was an expense that the fixed income couple couldn't handle, without help from their community.

"I thank them, but still I can't say who or where did the money come from, I really don't know that," said Thomas.

The couple is thankful their well is working again and that the kindness of others is one thing that hasn't run dry.

Repairman Neal Eubanks says well-users often don't call in for repairs until a well runs dry or a pump needs to be replaced. He suggests people get their wells checked at least once a year.

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