Residents’ water wells are drying up

Company sees spike in well drilling projects
Residents’ water wells are drying up

The drought has some residents in the Dodgeville area dealing with water wells that have dried up.

Conservation has always been a priority for homeowners using well water, but at this point the water they were hoping to save is now drying up.

Residents have been finding sand and not a lot of water coming from their wells, and many are now having to dig new ones.

Scott Kok, of Lovelace Well Drilling, said he has been working overtime to dig new wells.

“We have a difficult situation here where the well is not producing the water that it used to, and the well is working harder and washing sand in,” Kok said.

Homeowner Bev Zimmerman said it could cost a significant amount to put in a new well.

“We’ve had problems off and on, but with the drought, it seems like the well caved in more with sand,” Zimmerman said. “Hopefully, this well will be $11,000 or less. It’s not a happy investment but something that has to be done.”

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And Zimmerman isn’t the only homeowner pumping cash into the dry spell. Lovelace Well Drilling said its project numbers have nearly doubled in the last few weeks.

“It’s been nonstop phone ringing, and there are a lot of emergencies out there right now,” Kok said.

Fitchburg resident Dan Wallace said his well has completely dried up.

“This is actually what was stuck in the pipes,” said Wallace, holding a chunk of sand. “And this is what was coming out of the well when the well dried up and caved in.”

A neighbor’s water supply is keeping Wallace afloat for now. He said a new well will cost an out-of-pocket cost well into the thousands of dollars.

“The drought certainly isn’t helping people with their wells,” Wallace said. “A well is quite an investment, and you don’t do it without good reason.”

Wells repairs could stem from a number of reasons, not just the drought. Age, malfunctioning pipes and water tables that have dipped for years all could be playing a factor, but the drought isn’t helping the issue.