First The Wells, Now The Pumps – Water Scarce For Dallas Co. Farmers

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NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The worst drought in Texas history is now leading to a fight for water in parts of southeast Dallas County.  Some farmers in the area say their wells are running dry and now city leaders have given notice their ‘lifeline’ water source will soon disappear.

“I’m a country boy,” explained North Texan Mike Flowers. “The sun goes down. You can sit out here and listen to bullfrogs. Where you gonna find that? You can’t find it anywhere else.”

The country life is the only life the Flowers has ever longed for.

“I traveled the world and seen everything and I came back here – ’cause this is me,” he said matter-of-factly.

Out on their property on the outskirts of Lancaster his family doesn’t need much.

But, one thing they do need is water.

“When you have to do without water — it’s awful, said Mike’s wife, Kelly.

The Flowers’ found out firsthand how “awful” it could be. This weekend their well ran dry.

Mike says his family now depends on the same water his animals do. Now they’re all relying on the water he pumps from a pay station in ‘town’.

While the size of the water tank at the pay station is vast, a few weeks ago Mike noticed that the city had posted a sign.

It reads, “Effective October 1, 2011, this city of Lancaster Water Pay Station will be removed and no longer available for water service due to costly repair, maintenance, and control issues.”

Lancaster City Manager Opal Mauldin-Robertson told CBS 11 News the city spends more money than it collects for the water at the pay station. As a result, the decision was made that the cost of maintaining it is too high.

Still, farmers argue they need the service.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do,” said farmer Francisco Arana, who uses the station to keep water running in his home. “If I could afford it I’d move somewhere else, but I can’t.”

The Flowers family and others in the area would be willing to do just about anything to keep the pay station open.

“If they doubled the price, or tripled the price, on this machine just to keep it going we would all still pay it, ‘cause we need this water station,” said Mike.

Without water Mike says his simple way of life could vanish. “If they shut them pumps down October first, it’s gonna hurt a lot of people.”

And the negative impact won’t just be to residents in the area. ““All the animals, I’ll have to get rid of them. If I can’t find homes for them, we’ll just sit and watch them die,” he said. “There’s a chance of losing everything. Everything.”

Mauldin-Robertson said she couldn’t say with certainty how many people in the Lancaster city limits, if any; depend on getting their water from wells. The very wells that for many, are now running dry. She said she would look into it.

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  1. NiteNurse says:

    Yeah…Rick Perry says there’s no such thing as global warming. When we start paying as much for water as we do for gas I guess everyone will believe in it then.

    1. Grahawk says:

      NiteNurse, have you ever heard of La Nina?

      1. NiteNurse says:

        Yes Honey Child I have heard of La Nina. Want to ask one of those desperate farmers that question and see how they react?

    2. upchkn says:

      NiteNurse…do your research before you castigate someone for not believing in the self-serving theory of Al Gore, et al. The heat and drought we are all suffering through is due to “mother nature”. Much harshier conditions have happened in the past, and will continue to happen in the future.

      Too many people have tapped into the Paluxy water sand in North Texas. It’s not as deep as the Trinity, therefore, it is cheaper to establish a well in. Yes, the water tables have dropped. It will happen again. Perhaps, we need fewer “gentleman farmers” drilling water wells, just to keep a pretty pond out front, or a lush lawn year round.

      1. diamond r says:

        Been hauling water for three month.shurbs are dead ,grass breakes when you step on it.next time you have supper say a little prayer for the gentalman farmer

  2. RGregory says:

    i guess i a gentleman farmer 13 miles south of dallas if i had city water be no need to haul water.I run 15 cows twenty chickens family garden all require water.I haul 600 gal ever day except sat that two loads we was cloths on sat.

  3. ETEMPLE says:

    I GUESS EVERYTHING WE HAUL WATER TO WILL JUST DIE, WHATS WRONG WITH LANCASTER????

  4. Prashaant Vatsa says:

    Hey guys, wat about water harvesting to maintain water table in your area? It will help to recharge your well as well as ground water.

  5. Otto Dipthong says:

    So tell me this, Global Warming people. Why does the solution to “Global Warming” always involve a massive transfer of wealth to the third world. Does their CO2 not cause Global Warming, or perhaps there is another agenda?

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