WILDWOOD, Mo. (KMOX)- Privately owned wells in Wildwood are in trouble.
Director of planning and park, Joe Vujnich says for the past few weeks the city has been receiving about a dozen phone calls about problems with private wells.
“The department began an investigation looking at monitoring well information that’s available for the Wildwood area,” he says.
Vujnich says there’s a significant drop in the level of water available in the aquifer.
“Once the drought is abated through rains, then hopefully the aquifer will recharge itself,” he says.
The people affected are mainly homeowners.
“Principally, the context that I’ve had been from homeowners that have accessory structures like barns for their horses,” he says.
If the situation becomes worse, Vujnich says some people may have to drill a new well altogether.
“In the past, people have had to drill news wells,” he says. “And, I suspect that may be the case if the drought continues.”
Vujnich says all the city can do is encourage water conservation while the drought continues.
He says there are some conservation tips on the city’s website at cityofwildwood.com.