Prolonged Heat Tough on Local Wells

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Lately, well repair crews with Johnson H2O of Davenport have had their hands full. They've been working 10 to 12 hour days trying to keep up with a surge in demand as high temps have more and more people using more and more water.

"We're not seeing many well problems; it's more mechanical, pump failures," says Joel Johnson of Johnson H2O.

Johnson tells us there's no shortage of work, because when temperatures climb, water usage goes up, and when pumps and wells get used heavily, it's only a matter of time something breaks down.

"Something is showing some age or wear, now is the time they're breaking," says Johnson.

Johnson says he gets calls every day from clients convinced their wells are going dry. He says that happens occasionally, but more often than not it’s a mechanical issue rather than a water issue.

"We're not seeing wells going dry, there are a small handful that we have had that issue but these are wells that had problems well before the drought hit," says Johnson.

Despite drought conditions that continue to spread throughout the country Johnson tells us it's business as usual for him and his three crews, thanks in large part to our regions location right a top many natural aquifers.

"We're fortunate that here in this part of Iowa and Illinois that we do have a good abundant supply of ground water," says Johnson.