Some residents of one New England state are learning the hard way that water is a scarce resource.
Maine – and not the American West as might be expected — is experiencing an extreme drought that is causing wells used by homeowners to go dry.
Resident Bob Boynton had to use his neighbor’s garden hose to flush his toilet after his 14-foot well ran dry. It had been a reliable source of water for 25 years until it suddenly stopped in late September, Boynton said.
“I always thought it was going to last forever,” Boynton told The Morning Sentinel. “It really caught me off guard.”
Boynton was watering his lawn just days before the well ran out of water. He first noticed a problem when the sprinkler started spraying air instead of water.
Like many of his neighbors in Standish, Maine, Boynton ended up calling a driller and paying for a new, deeper well. Families that cannot afford new wells are hauling water from public sources, eating instead of cooking and skipping showers.
Others are hiring water companies to fill their wells with water. Water company owner Warren Hood told The Morning Sentinel he receives up to 10 calls a day from households with no water.