Wells Drying up in the Town of Hull; Residents looking for Answers

By: Clare Kaley Email
By: Clare Kaley Email
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Its something many of us may take for granted: you turn on the faucet and water comes out. Some residents in the Town of Hull outside of Stevens Point are dealing with dry wells, and hefty bill to find water.

"I started having problems about a year ago when I started having air coming through the faucet," said Town of Hull resident, Kelly Jones, "a couple of months after that, I started having problems with water pressure. Just about a week ago, I turned on my faucet and it was gone."

Kelly Jones says in the 20 years she's lived in the Town of Hull, she's never seen water problems like this.

"It was happening in one faucet and then it would start happening in other faucets," she explained, "of course the water pressure was very obvious in the shower."

The cost of digging a deeper well to find water, hit her hard.

"For me, its over $6,000 that I didn't have," she said, "I ended up having to take it from my retirement fund, because that's all I could do."

Residents in the Town of Hull blame well #11 right across the street in the City of Stevens Point. But the Mayor of Stevens Point says the well has nothing to do with their water problems.

"The science behind some 20 to 30 different monitoring wells that we had," explained Mayor Andrew Halverson, "all says that the influence that well #11 has had on the aquifer, is non-existent."

Mayor Halverson said it is very unlikely there is a chance the two are connected considering the very small amount of draw down and influence that well #11 has had on all the other monitoring wells that are there.

But Kelly and some of her neighbors are not convinced.

"I have no doubt in my mind that its the City's new high capacity well #11, that was put in almost across the street from me, that's causing the problems."

The Town of Hull chairperson is looking into getting an expert into the area to get to the bottom of the problem. A town meeting will be held October 21st, but since their last meeting was so crowded, a location has not yet been determined.

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