Test Well Could Provide Water for First W.F. Community Garden

- Back when Stage 4 restrictions were enacted, it put the opening of the first community garden in Wichita Falls on hold. However, the Martin Luther King Center digging and may have a solution that will help that garden open this summer.

Private donations are making it possible for the MLK Center to explore an alternative water source for the Smith Street Community Garden. Crews started digging a test well Monday morning, which has garden enthusiasts overflowing with joy.

Former Wichita Falls city councilor and avid gardener Arthur Bea Williams has been collecting rain water to keep her backyard colorful during the drought. But this test well crews began drilling at the Smith Street Community Garden could allow Williams and others to garden this summer.

"Once they find water, if they find water,  then we will test whatever is found and see if it's good enough to use.  If it's quality enough to use," says Larry Nash, coordinator for the MLK Center.

In November, a ribbon cutting was held for the garden even though Stage 4 water restrictions banned outdoor watering. So this garden was put on hold. Now, this test well could provide this garden with the water needed to allow plants and flowers to grow, which has this gardener hopeful.

"I need to be the first one to put some stuff in the soil and I think I will be.  I know I'm the first one who bought a plot," Williams says.

Coordinators expect to know later this week if the water from the test well is good enough to use on plants and flowers in the the 79 plot garden.

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