It appears deep-water wells may be affecting water table

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Editor,
This last summer was very dry. My well failed me for water for the first time ever. I figure it is because we keep more stock and do more things with water than before.

I had to put in a new well here at Pleasant Farm. I called for a quote and the well driller from the area said a well in Fernwood would be easy to do. He said he never had to drill beyond 80 feet.

When the job got done, he ended up drilling 180 feet to hit water. He was most apologetic and couldn’t understand what happened.

Here in greater metro Fernwood there were already three deep-water wells. All were being used daily. Two are for irrigation of potato land and one is in the industrial park.

I realize this is not hard scientific evidence that the water table is losing critical mass but I certainly wonder if there is a correlation.

I am concerned that if Robert Ghiz lifts the moratorium on deep-water wells for irrigation of potato land, then more people and industry that need water may not be able to get it.

Moreover if it turns into a drilling competition to secure water, how deep will my next well have to be? The last one nearly broke me.

I am opposed to deep-water well irrigation.

Ranald MacFarlane

Fernwood, P.E.I.

Geographic location: Fernwood

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  • Unwell
    January 17, 2014 - 13:28

    Well stated - no deep wells - enough potatoes and poisons already in the land.