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Aquifers Low Across South-Central Indiana

Many rural residents rely on groundwater for drinking and cooking, and many city dwellers and businesses tap into underground aquifers as well.

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Photo: Gretchen Frazee/WFIU News

Well pumps like this one rely on underground aquifers. Experts says this year's drought is taking a toll on those underground water sources.

The drought plaguing south-central Indiana is taking its toll on groundwater levels, and one local well driller says people need to pick and choose how they use water.

Owner of Jackson’s Well Drilling, Jack Neal says this drought is the worst he’s ever seen. He says that while the water table usually decreases during the summer months, this season has seen an unprecedented drop in the aquifer.

“This is not a normal year, there is nothing normal abut this. Its extremely dry, and its affecting a lot of things,” he says.

Neal says many rural residents rely on groundwater for drinking and cooking, and many city dwellers and businesses tap into underground aquifers to save money on city utilities.

He says most wells in Morgan County are still pumping water, but people should avoid watering their laws with well water, but should feel free to water gardens and other crops.

Neal spent all day Friday delivering water from Martinsville’s municipal source to rural customers who rely on cisterns. Cisterns collect rainfall as a water source, and the drought has left many of them dry.

Dan Goldblatt

Dan Goldblatt is the Multi-media Producer for WFIU/WTIU News. A graduate of Indiana University, he studied journalism and anthropology. He currently lives in Bloomington with his cat, June Carter.

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