Despite rain, some Iowa cities consider more wells

SHELDON, Iowa (AP) — Despite an unusually wet spring, groundwater levels haven’t returned to normal in much of northwest Iowa, leaving some cities to consider deeper wells.

In the city of Sheldon, officials will spend $350,000 this summer to drill a second deep well that will increase pumping capacity for its water wells. Residents also are under a water watch aimed at conservation.

The Sioux City Journal reports (http://bit.ly/114bXXg ) Sheldon has had to rely on its lone deep well because the aquifer that feeds into nine shallow wells has not risen back to its normal level.

Officials say heavy rains in late May helped, but it’s unclear what’s going to happen. In the city of Hull, customers may see a rate hike if the district needs to drill new wells.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, http://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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