Vernon water wells in good shape

VERNON - Water well levels around Vernon are higher now than they've been since before the drought that finally ended in 2014. 

In fact, Vernon officials said they haven't seen levels like this since 2011.

Darell Kennon said even though they are in great shape especially for this time of year, residents shouldn't waste water just in case it's a dry winter. 

Kennon said since Vernon doesn't have any lakes nearby to use as a water source, they have to rely solely on the wells.
    
He said thankfully, Vernon received a good amount of rain in 2015 and 2016 but it still takes time for the water levels to rise. 

"Even when the big rains came, it got Wichita Falls out of the drought immediately," Kennon said. "We were still 3 or 4 months away because our wells are a hundred feet deep. The water has to percolate down through the soil in order to get to that level."

Kennon said agriculture plays a big part in the availability of water. Now that most farmers are done watering their cotton, he said the water levels could continue to go up. 

"You know, three months from now, we should see an even greater increase in our water levels because during the winter they're not using as much water and the city's not using as much water," said Kennon.

Drought restrictions in Vernon were lifted last year with the city remaining at a stage one, which is voluntary.

Still, Kennon said it's not a bad idea for residents to be careful with water usage because you never know when that next drought will occur.
 


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