Extreme drought taps out water supplies for some in southwestern Minn.


Residents in southern and southwestern parts of Minnesota are beginning to feel the harsh reality of an ongoing drought hampering the midwest.

MPR reports residential wells for some have run dry as aquifers continue to shrink. Wade Anderson of Worthington says the water level in his well is dropping everyday.

The problems began last year when Anderson's 75-foot well was bone dry. Anderson spent $120 to flush the well and clear sediment clogging channels that feed water. It bought him about three months until he needed to flush it again. The Andersons are trying conserve as much water as they can to stretch out the supply.

Lincoln Pipestone Rural Water tells MPR that they've received an unusually large number of calls for help, including a couple cases where wells have run completely dry. The city of Worthington is also taking more water from the utility to offset the drought.

In Waseca, the drought has literally hit home for homeowners with sinking foundations.

KARE 11 reports houses in one neighborhood were built on top of an old marshy area filled with soil and clay. Now that the clay has dried out, foundations have lowered several inches causing thousands of dollars in repairs.

According to data from the U.S. Drought Monitor released last week, 25 percent of the state, mostly southwestern Minnesota, is in "extreme" drought.

Although snow is expected in the region by Thursday, it won't run off into rivers and lakes until next spring.

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Drought conditions in the state are worsening, according to data from the U.S. Drought Monitor report release this week. More than 30 percent of the state is in extreme drought, up about 10 percent from last week. The DNR says drought conditions are straining the state's natural water resources.