Residents air concerns about dry wells

By Vanessa Kahin
Staff writer
vkahin@cnjonline.com

One neighbor’s water supply dried up six months ago; another had sand running through her pipes until they, too, dried up.

An entire neighborhood just off U.S. 60/84 near Cannon Air Force Base has been left without water, and three of its residents asked for help during a Curry County Commission meeting Tuesday morning at the Curry County Courthouse.

“The whole block has dried up,” said Wanida Mathews, the first resident to approach the Commission on Tuesday. She said sand that was mixing with her running water forced her to close her business, Da’s Tailor & Dry Cleaning. She has had no water at her house in the past two weeks, she said.

Her neighbors, Rudolph and Mary Johnson, also expressed their concerns. They too have been without water for several weeks. They said once there was a well that helped provide water to the whole neighborhood. When that failed, each residence in the neighborhood dug a well, but now these have also become inefficient.

Mary Rudolph said someone who looked at the well at her residence said it was completely out, and that digging the well any deeper would bring up salt water.

The Johnsons have been taking showers at a grandson’s residence. Once, they purchased water at CAFB.

The county does not have a water system, so they told the residents there was really nothing they could do.

Commissioner Wendell Bostwick suggested that the group create a water co-op. Several commissioners suggested the residents go to the city’s contracted water provider, EPCOR Water, where they may buy water.