Well-water levels sufficient, despite drought in Vernon

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The drought continues to linger in Vernon.
As of May 11, Vernon has received 3.27  inches of rain.
One year ago on the date, the city had received 11.39 inches.
That’s the driest it’s been in the first four months of the year since 2014,  which was the driest period ever.

Wilbarger County is still under a burn ban, with drought conditions in category D-3: Extreme.
But Darell Kennon, City of Vernon Public Works Director said despite low ground water levels, well- water is sufficient.

“Because we have well-water, I wouldn’t be overly concerned with the drought right now,” said Kennon.
“The good Lord is going to make it one day and it will percolate down to our wells, just like it did in Wichita, when it was over overnight. So, while we always want to be conservative, we are in good shape,” Kennon stated.

Wells, on which Vernon relies on for water, range from 70 to 100 feet deep.
Kennon says the average saturation for the city’s wells right now is more than 44 feet, which he considers good. 

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