Wells drying up due to drought, well drilling business working overtime

ARCADE, N.Y. (WIVB) —  Water, or a lack thereof has kept Willey Well Drilling of Arcade plenty busy this summer. Owner Art Baker says he’s installed at least 200  wells and repaired several across Western New York.

“Any farm, campground, any big user like that they’re all having trouble this year but we’re having a lot of trouble with residential wells as well. We have a long list of people without water right now and we’re working night and day to accommodate everybody,” said Art Baker, Willey Well Drilling owner.

Baker says wells rely on rain for water, and with little rain this year the water tables are getting lower and lower, making even the deeper wells drier.

“We have a lot of new technology for developing wells we can get water where you never could before but you’re still at the mercy of mother nature if it doesn’t rain there’s going to be a limit to how much water you can get,” said Baker.

Baker says they’re drilling deeper wells than ever before, and many are being installed in Wyoming County, where there is a lot of farmland and great need for water. He says an average well can cost 6 thousand dollars or more.

“People don’t have that 6 thousand dollars or more set aside so when the well goes dry they try to get through hoping the weathers going to get better and so far it’s not looking very good,” said Baker.

He says over the past 20 years water tables have gotten lower in the area, and he says people have become more cautious about conserving water and fixing their old wells.

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