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Success of new wells leaves area man happy

February 20, 2002

Success of new wells leaves area man happy



By ANDREW SCHOTZ
andrews@herald-mail.com


Water flowed freely from David Herbst's shallow wells until about a year ago.

The one at his home on Misty Meadow Road - hand-dug, about 15 to 20 feet deep - started to "suck air and spritz," Herbst recalled.

"That scared us," he said. "It might have been 24 hours and it would have been out."

The one down the road at his tenants' house - about 30 or 35 feet deep - began to run short. Each time it dried up, it would need an hour or more to recharge. Herbst hauled in water for showers for those periods the well failed.

With 150 thirsty cows on his farm, Herbst took no chances and had two wells drilled last fall - a 400-footer to feed his house and two mobile homes and a 350-footer to serve his tenants' house.

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A third well, about 40 to 60 feet deep, still cuts off occasionally. A nearby stream - a backup water source - is low.

But all that's overshadowed by the relative success of the two new wells.

The 400-footer is producing 3 to 4 gallons a minute, which Herbst said is "not great, but it's sufficient."

Naturally, the more rain in the future, the better the wells will do.

"If we get any semblance of normal in the next three years," he said, "we should get gobs of water."

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