CROOKSTON – State Rep. Deb Kiel, R-Crookston, said the state is offering resource guidance to people in Polk and Red Lake counties dealing with well issues amid a drought warning in Minnesota.
As of Thursday, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reported about half of Polk County is experiencing severe drought and the rest of the county is experiencing extreme drought. Most of Red Lake County is experiencing extreme drought. These conditions are affecting the groundwater supply in southern Red Lake and central Polk counties.
Kiel said she has been in touch with farmers who irrigate, as well as many homeowners who are having issues with wells.
“We are seeing a double-whammy, where dry conditions are leading to greater groundwater usage, yet our groundwater levels are not being recharged by rain,” Kiel said. “More and more wells are being depleted, creating problems on many levels. The big thing is to make sure you reach out to a licensed driller as soon as you detect an issue with your well.”
According to a DNR news release, recommendations include:
What can people do to avoid an out-of-water situation?
What if people go out of water?