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Dry spell tests some wells

No cause for alarm, well driller says

Published: Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST

OHIO – With little rain since June, the local water table is dropping. And that means some people are having to lower their well pumps, a well driller says.

"There are some shallow wells; when things get drier, some don't work anymore," said Robert Albrecht, co-owner of Albrecht Well Drilling in Ohio. "The water table is lower than it was in March or April."

Wells have been pumped harder in the past 2 years, Albrecht said.

"It's something we need to watch and monitor," he said. "It deserves attention, but not alarm."

In the Quad Cities, a little more than 3 inches of rain fell in July and August, according to the National Weather Service station there. That's about 5.5 inches below normal.

The numbers are about the same in the Sauk Valley, NWS meteorologist David Cousins said. This situation follows an "incredibly wet spring," he said.

Last year was worse because it was dry in both spring and summer, but the latest dry spell is testing wells.

"When there is less rain, people are going to water lawns more and farmers will run irrigators more to keep their crops alive," he said. "That's when the water table is lower. There have been some cases where we've had to set some pumps deeper. It's not been a widespread thing."

The forecast

Today will be mostly sunny with a high around 90 that will feel like 100. Tonight’s low will be around 70, but the heat index reading will remain high, around 95.

Friday will be mostly sunny with a 20 percent chance of rain all day and night, and a high in the mid-90s that will feel like 105. The low will be in the low 70s, with a heat index reading near 95.

Saturday, the humidty will continue, with a high in the mid-90s, and a low in the upper 60s.

Sunday, there’s a a 30 percent chance of rain, again with a high in the mid-90s, and a low in the lower 60s.

Labor Day is forecast to be near-perfect: high in the mid-80s, low in the mid-60s.

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