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Water Woes: Wells Worry Wildwood

Some private wells are going dry, but no problems have been reported with the city water supply.

Several residents in rural areas of told city representatives their wells are dry or “pumping air.” City and state officials fear there’s little that can be done until drought conditions end.

Wildwood Planning and Parks director Joe Vujnich told city council members Tuesday that Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officials confirmed water levels have dropped by as much as 50 feet in DNR's monitor well at Missouri Route 100 and Hencken Road.

Vujnich said he’s not aware of any problems with Missouri American Water, which supplies most of the city’s residents, but added that he would contact them.

Wildwood is updating residents through the city’s website. City officials ask all residents, regardless of their water source, to conserve. Outdoor uses such as watering lawns and washing cars should be among the first cutbacks, because “the resource is needed more in the home than outside,” Vujnich said.

Owners of private wells can contact DNR at 800-361-4827 with questions or write DNR’s Scotty Baumgartner at scotty.baumgartner@dnr.mo.gov.

Lou Malnassy July 25, 2012 at 03:09 PM
It's only some users of groundwater wells who are being affected. Most Wildwood residents are served by Missouri American Water. City officials have not received any complaints or news of problems with the company's service.
Dorothy Stevens July 25, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Wish we knew more about the water table/aquifers supplying the various areas of Wildwood... Should I be concerned that "Ann Lena" watering her landscape and the Car Wash businesses are using water that I may need to SURVIVE?? Or are we on separate aquifers?? More research, maps available from the DNR/County Extension Office???
Marc Perez July 25, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Exactly right. I used to be on a well, always worried with long dry seasons. The river is a much better idea for security of a water source. But, we better get some rain soon, things may change for all!
Michael Blacketer July 25, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Man.. us poor people sure are gonna feel real bad for Ann when her $100k of landscaping dies if we run out of water.. NOT.
JOYCE COULTER October 19, 2012 at 12:38 AM
lol Michael... AGREED..... I conserve water during the dry seasons just to be responsible and a good steward of my resources.. if it means some landscaping goes without water, that's the way it has to be. Just because we don't have an "order" to lessen use, does not give us the right to waste... especially on a "100,000.00 landscape" ha... too funny...

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