Friday, June 7, 2013

Tribune: Idaho Town Facing Water Crisis Despite New $500K Wells

Posted By on Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 11:30 AM

After spending nearly a half-million dollars to drill new wells in 2012, the north-central Idaho town of Winchester says it's still in a water crisis.

""We have no water," Winchester City Clerk LeAnn Trautman told the Lewiston Tribune. "We didn't get water in the new wells. One didn't have any water and the other had 30 gallons per minute from three separate aquifers, so its not viable water for a community water system."

Trautman told the Tribune that after receiveing a $479,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to drill the 2012 wells, Winchester has applied for another grant - this time from the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality - for a planning project to look at its options.

"As it stands right now, [people] can still hand-water their plants, but there's no car washing," said Trautman. "You can run a sprinkler. You can't stand out there all day with the hose in your hand watering your lawn. Some people are really upset. Others just realize it's something that we're going to have to work through. Some people are very good about even using their dishwater and tub water to water their plants."

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