Arid conditions causing well owners to dig deeper in Mequon
Lacey Crisp reports Video by tmj4.comvideo
MEQUON- Despite Friday's rain, there are still water worries.
It's especially troubling for people who have wells as some residents in Ozaukee County have already been forced to dig their wells deeper.
One well drilling company said Mequon residents are most at risk.
Jerry Crowell is among a growing number of private well owners who are facing problems.
"My wife said 'hey, there's something wrong with the toilet. The water was black,'" said Crowell to TODAY'S TMJ4. "The water table goes down and it's beyond the pump."
Schaefer Brothers Pump and Water Conditioning dug down another 80 feet to make sure Crowell has water.
Kenneth Schaefer admits this dry weather has been good for his business.
"We've had a few jobs already which certainly alerts us that the same conditions that we're experiencing now are the conditions of 1988,' said Schaefer. "In the last couple of weeks, we've been putting a lot of overtime hours just to try to keep up with the demand of problems."
Schaefer says there's only one thing that will solve well owner's problems, "We just need one of those long day or two soakers."
As for Crowell, he's happy to have water again, but jokes luck isn't on his side. "Today's Friday the 13th. What's next the (air conditioning)?"
The Department of Natural Resources has also sent out a warning to private well owners saying conserve water, or you too will need to dig your well deeper.