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Lee County wells run dry

Leesburg, GA (WALB) - Dark clouds have moved in but the rain has been hit or miss for months now and while this has been a problem for farmers. It's becoming a big nuisance for some Lee County residents.

Several wells went dry there this weekend. We spoke to some people who've had to improvise since they have no running water right now.

The only way Lisa Riddle can flush her toilet is to bring in buckets she fills with pool water.

"Luckily we have a swimming pool to help us with that," said Riddle. "Otherwise, we'd probably be staying somewhere else."

She says her well went dry Friday, along with several other homes on Nesbitt road.

"I've lived here for 12 nears and I've never had this problem, Riddle added. "This is the first time I've heard of my neighbors having problems."

Some have gotten their's fixed. Oddly enough, other neighbors like Jacoby Hardrick never ran out.

"I haven't experienced not having water so we'll just keep doing what we're doing and hopefully our water levels won't drop." 

While some wells out here are roughly 80 feet deep, Riddle's is closer to 64 feet below the surface which may be why hers dried up so quickly.

Just down the road from her home, pumps are gong at full force as irrigation systems water scorched corn crops. However there is no rain to replenish the water underground. Riddle says she'll appreciate running water once she gets it back.

"absolutely," Riddle added. "It's a resource you need and use for absolutely everything."

A well drilling company will be coming out to Riddles house Monday to dig her well deeper.

State law allows people to water their lawns between 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. The environmental protection agency cannot regulate water used from private wells.

It still encourages people to abide by the same watering schedules. To see more water use restrictions and find out more ways to conserve, click here.

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