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Despite Wetter Weather Well Water Woes for Some Persist

VAN BUREN COUNTY, AR - A cool, wet spring has quickly turned around in Arkansas. With nearly all of Arkansas predicted drought free for the summer however, water well levels have not rebounded in many places in Arkansas.
VAN BUREN COUNTY, AR - A cool, wet spring has quickly turned around in Arkansas. With nearly all of Arkansas predicted drought free for the summer however, water well levels have not rebounded in many places in Arkansas.

After a year like 2012, an upgraded well water pump moved up on the list for Robert Reed.

"I got a well right now that last year, in the middle of drought was fifty foot," Reed showed.

In July of last year, Reed's resources had nearly depleted. A much different scenery greets us now.

"My driveway's washed out," Reed said about all the rain. "We got over nine inches of rain. My pond's full."

With things seemingly in order, everything just isn't right.

That well of his is now 68 feet below normal. That's an 18 foot drop a month ahead of last year.

As it starts to heat up outside Reed is becoming concerned.

A Geologist with the Natural Resources Commission says issues like these vary depending on where you are.

In Central Arkansas for example the water underneath the ground is found in fractured rock; a place where it's harder to sustain higher levels.

The Commission spends a lot of their time measuring water tables but primarily in eastern Arkansas where they claim the aquifer has steadily dropped every year.

Individual factors around a well in Van Buren County play a much larger role than drought as a whole.

Just down the road from Reed another rancher's well water is not a problem.

"Well water's fine," said Donal Scott who owns 217 acres. "It's still up towards the top of the surface."

He knows the long-term rainfall is what counts.

"The main thing is getting enough rain to replenish the underground water," Scott said.

It's all forced Reed to rethink how he'll pump his water.

"My pond is full. My pasture's doing great. But if I don't have water in the well what happens in July and August."

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