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Water Well Business Booming in Wichita Falls

<br><br><p dir="LTR">Water continues to be the biggest concern now, and for the future of Wichita Falls but as the hottest time of the year approaches so does Stage 4 water restrictions.</p> <p dir="LTR">It's a time when all outside watering with city water will stop.</p> <p dir="LTR">But as Mechell Dixon reports, many residents will still be able to keep their lawns green. </p> <p dir="LTR">They will.</p> <p dir="LTR">And it's all thanks to water wells.</p> <p dir="LTR">There's just one licensed driller in Wichita Falls and he says as the water slows, the number of calls grows.</p>

Seeing this in Wichita Falls can cause many residents to steam but Kenny Humpert can do this because he's not using city water.

He's using water from his well.

"I wanted to get on it because I wanted to be able to have the water for the pool and what plants that I do have," Humpert says.

His backyard is an oasis in a sea of mostly brown yards.

It has a swimming pool, palm trees and other greenery that cools you off just looking at it.

But all require water.

And this pump, which taps into the Seymour Aquifer, supplies Humpert with that water.

It was installed by George Berre who says he is the only licensed water well driller and pump installer who lives in Wichita Falls.

"I'm getting... getting a lot of phone calls. My phone doesn't quit ringing," says Berre.

Berre says business started booming in February when Stage 3 water restrictions took effect in Wichita Falls.

He currently has a client waiting list and says it's getting hard to keep up with the demand.

Humpert is happy he is no longer on the list and he makes sure everyone knows it.

"I put my sign out front that I was using well water. I think used an old pizza box top," Humpert says.

And even though he now has an alternate source of water he does not overwork his water well.

"I still just maybe water once a week. I don't overuse it," Humpert adds.

But with so many people getting water wells drilled could this underground water source dry up?

'I suppose that's possible but so far I haven't seen anything that makes me think that the aquifer is getting weak. Every well we drill pumps stronger and stronger but so far it hasn't shown any sign of it," Berre explains.

In case you're wondering, having a water well drilled can cost about $3,000.

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