TEMPLETON, Ind. (WLFI) - A recent problem has reappeared in Templeton. Five more wells have dried up since Sunday and residents think more could dry up Thursday.
Templeton resident Wayne Crumbaugh had a new pump installed Wednesday after his well dried up in the morning.
By Crumbaugh's count, 32 out of the 34 residential wells in Templeton have gone dry since mid-July.
As News 18 has reported, DNR officials determined the problems began in Templeton after farmer Bill Brost installed a new irrigation system. Benton County paid more than $75,000 to upgrade about 25 wells, but Brost has said he will reimburse the county's money.
Crumbaugh said none of the newly dug wells have gone dry this week, but he's still upset.
"He can take all the water he wants out of the ground," said Crumbaugh. "It's considered a natural resource. My comment or argument is it's a natural resource, but so is wild game and animals, but I am only allowed to take so much. Why's he allowed to take all the water?"
With only six feet of water left in his well, Crumbaugh said he expects it to dry up soon, meaning another well will have to be dug in his yard.
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