News From Terre Haute, Indiana

July 31, 2012

Northern Indiana wells going dry, prompting state probe


Associated Press

PARR, Ind. — State officials are investigating whether the Midwest’s lingering drought or something more complex is causing wells to go dry near a small northern Indiana town.

The Journal & Courier reports that the private wells of more than a dozen homes near the Jasper County town of Parr have gone dry in recent weeks, leaving residents with the costly prospect of drilling deeper wells.

Inspectors from the state Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Water were scheduled to visit the town about 55 miles northwest of Lafayette today to evaluate the wells.

Some residents blame the state’s lingering drought for their dried-up wells. But others believe water use by a sprawling dairy farm and farmers irrigating parched fields are drying up their wells by lowering the water table.