TEMPLETON, Ind. (WLFI) - Several homes in a small, Benton County community were still without water Monday night after their wells started drying up during the weekend.
"We've got no water, nothing," Templeton resident Ozzy Bower said.
Monday was day No. 3 Bower and his family didn't have running water at their home.
Saturday, 11 residents in Templeton were without water after their wells dried up.
"It went from our well being dry, to the neighbors, and then it just trickled down," Benton County resident Karen Bower said.
"We're frustrated," Bower explained. "For a lack of better words, it sucks."
Monday, representatives with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) were in town checking those wells and investigating for some answers.
"It seems like every well that's been affected are mostly older wells," DNR spokesman Mark Basch said.
However, residents believe a large irrigation system near Templeton is to blame for sucking their wells dry.
"While we're running out of water, the big irrigation system is just pumping it like there's no tomorrow," Bower said.
"I know the irrigation system near town shut down on Saturday afternoon and some of the wells started functioning again," Basch said.
But Monday, two families were still left without water, and waiting for some answers.
"Every day you get up, you go to the restroom, you jump in the shower, you do your dishes, you water the cats, the dogs," Bower said. "You go out and water your plants and without it you just don't realize it until you're without."
Under the Indiana Water Rights law, if the DNR determines it is in fact a large irrigation system responsible for sucking the wells dry in Templeton, the owner of the system would have to restore the wells.
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