Water Table Drop Unprecedented Because Of Drought

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Friday, October 7, 2011

The drop in the water tables on the east side of Wichita is unprecedented, according to local well drillers.

Premiere Pump and Well Service is swamped with calls from home and landowners who have seen their wells go dry.

"On the east side it's going dry," said Curtis Weninger, driller. "The static water level was 40 feet, now it's 80 or 90 feet."

Wichita is in an extreme drought because of the hot dry summer. The area is more than 10 and a half inches shy of precipitation. Weninger and other drillers said the geography east of Broadway is rocky, and there's not as much water storage. So when the water table dropped there wasn't much left. Many people are left to foot the bill and hook up to city water.

"In the total scheme of things, the number of customers that added to the city compared to existing customers demand is very small," said Joe Pajor, Wichita Assistant Works Director.

He said the Cheney Reservoir and the aquifer the city draws water from has dropped this year, but he's not concerned just yet. If Kansas experiences another dry summer next year it could be bad, he said.

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