Vernon says they should have a new water well up and running in the next few weeks, which will pump another 200 gallons of water a minute to their current supply.
Vernon gets its drinking supply from about 35 water wells, but as the drought continues city officials decided it was time for one more.
“Every little bit will help and of course we're trying to rotate the use of our wells where we can and still holding out for rain and looking for other options as well,” says Vernon Mayor Jeff Bearden.
Those options could include adding even more wells or a waste water reuse project, but there are no definite plans right now.
“This is one part of, you know what's an ongoing search for of how we can locate additional water resources and of course continue to conserve,” says Mayor Bearden.
Mayor Bearden says residents have been great at conservation so far, so he hopes the extra well can delay the next stage of water restrictions. But water is still in high demand.
“We're trying to serve our customers here in the city and our commercial and industrial customers and of course the same well fields support agriculture here too. So there's a demand on the water that we're watching closely. We're not gonna run out in the immediate future, but it's gotta rain or we are all gonna be in trouble,” says Mayor Bearden.
So for now, Vernon, like most everyone else in Texoma prays and hopes for more rain, but continues to pursue all options until the drought finally ends.
The new well is expected to cost about 70 thousand dollars.
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