Homeowners with wells feeling effects of statewide drought - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Homeowners with wells feeling effects of statewide drought

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Many who have wells are seeing them dry up as the state is in a drought (WFSB) Many who have wells are seeing them dry up as the state is in a drought (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Connecticut is facing a severe drought, where we are down 16.5 inches of rain in Windsor Locks, and a foot down in Bridgeport since last year.

It has become more of a problem than some realize, leading to many people not having any water…and if you have a well, you are familiar with this.

“This is the worst drought I've seen and I've done this for 35 years,” said Larry Grela, of Grela Well Drilling, Inc.

Grela said he has been answering more calls than he ever would have expected.

Eyewitness News tagged along on a call to Bristol, where a homeowner hasn’t had any water for weeks.

Grela said his business has quadrupled, and when someone doesn’t have water, he sees the worst of it.

“You can't live in your house for very long. There are elderly people who are carrying buckets of water to just flush their toilet and stay in their house,” Grela said.

Reservoirs are also down, due to the lack of snow last winter and the lack of rain this year.

“It's everywhere in the northeast, every place else is getting hammered with rain and we're not seeing anything,” Grela said.

If you have a well and don't have any water, there are a few things you can do to fix the problem but some can be very expensive.

A new well can run upwards of $9,000 or more.

Grela’s crews are doing 20 to 30 jobs a day, all over the state.

“If we don't get some serious soaking rain in the next month or so, as the ground freezes, these people aren't going to have any water because water can penetrate the frost and it will be a tough winter for a lot of people,” Grela said.

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