Nearly half of Indiana is suffering under moderate or severe drought conditions. The National Weather Service reports the last significant rain at the Indianapolis airport was July 28th. Since then, the airport has measured 1.21 inches of rainfall. That’s the longest dry spell in 47 years. Dry enough that water is becoming a high demand for rural residents.
“The reports I’m getting is they are now buying water when they would normally pump their own because their wells are dry,” said plant superintendent of Bean Blossom-Patricksburg Water in Spencer Dan Dalton.
For one dollar and twenty-five cents, a customer can fill up a 450-gallon tank.
“There’s been times recently that there would be several vehicles lined up and on some days the traffic would be almost constant where normally you wouldn’t see that.”
Water hauler Dallas Scamihorn of A-1 Water sees the drought as an opportunity.
“Our business has simply been booming ever since we’ve had this drought. I’m averaging two new customers a week,” said Scamihorn.
But while Dallas is enjoying the boon in business, Greg Parker of InterTec Incorporated pest control is losing money. He needs water to run his business on site, and when the well runs dry – so does his bottom line.
“Now we are running back and forth to town on a job we bid not bidding to take an extra 2 to 3 hours spending driving back and forth getting water so are we going to pass that on, no we already bid on that job.”
Long term forecasts from the National Weather Service call for cool conditions but still dry for the rest of the month.