TEMPLETON, Ind. (WLFI) - Dorothy Hoaks of Templeton said even though they have water the worry continues.
"This is keeping us on edge because when you wake up you never know if you're going to have water or not," Hoaks said.
The town lost water almost two months ago when DNR officials said a nearby agriculture irrigation system drained their wells. The county footed the bill of more than $75,000 to upgrade about 25 wells.
"The people in town here, some of them, just don't have the spare money to have fixed their wells," Benton County commissioner Kevin Leuck said.
"We couldn't have done it," Hoaks said. "We'd probably just have to close up our house and go live with our children because we couldn't afford that pump."
The farmer responsible for the irrigation system, Bill Brost, will have to pay back all the money spent on replacing the wells under the Indiana Water Rights law.
"They would just then be reliable for any impact they would cause to small capacity wells like domestic wells like in Templeton," DNR Division of Water use and rights section head Mark Basch said. "The Water Rights law would require them to upgrade those wells, but their pumping could continue."
"There needs to be a little education to the farmers that are applying the water to know when to apply, how much to apply, and when to stop," Leuck said. "That's really our biggest involvement in it and we don't want to see people out of water."
Basch said they have been monitoring water levels to make sure the new submersible wells are still functioning.
"Currently we're just monitoring water levels to see how those are impacted by the pumping there in Templeton and in the surrounding area," Basch said.
Hoaks said she's concerned about how this will impact her property's value.
"Because who is going to want to buy a house in Templeton that's having water problems?" Hoaks said.
A problem Hoaks is still worrying about.
Leuck said the farmer responsible, Bill Brost, is working with the DNR, and he's assured Leuck he will pay back the money spent to fix the wells.
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