Well Water Concerns

The use of well water has been a hot topic since the beginning of the drought. Earlier this week we brought you a story on how local businesses are using well water, which got many of you asking questions. Today I talked to an agriculture expert to find the answers to your questions.

Wichita County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources David Graf said "Well it shouldn't have any direct impact on the water supply because all of the water the city uses... is surface water so it comes from our lakes."

The water that's pumped out of wells come from the Seymour Aquifer, which is below the surface. But that water isn't of the highest quality.

"It's high in nitrates here and it's high...in total dissolved solids, which means it has higher organic matter in it," said Graf.

It's the solids dissolved in the water that could have an impact on our landscaping.

Graf said when you water your plants with well water the salts can stay on the plants and harm them.
Even though the water from the aquifer can damage some of our trees and vegetation. Graf still doesn't think it will affect our air quality.

"No, I don't think there is enough ground water to do that. I think our aquifer is so limited then what it has available," said Graf.

Even if all the water in the aquifer is pumped out. It's not going to have an impact on our community.

Graf said underground water doesn't support land, so pumping all the water out of the aquifer won't create a sinkhole.

The city does not use the Seymour Aquifer as a water source because it doesn't contain a lot of water. It's also not a continuous aquifer.

James Parish, Newschannel 6