Abandoned Wells Pose Dangers to Residents

The ongoing drought has resulted in thousands of abandoned water wells across the panhandle posing potential dangers to those in the area.

By Ashley Hinson

LUBBOCK, TX—The ongoing drought has resulted in thousands of abandoned water wells across the panhandle posing potential dangers to residents in the area.

According to ‘Skeeter’ Rudder, owner of T&T Drilling, not only can someone fall in to the uncapped hole, which is a direct pathway to the underground water supply, it can also threaten our health.

“People can put chemicals in there,” said Rudder.  “Our water sources as stressed as they are the last thing we want is anything to contaminate our ground water.”

T&T Drilling spent Wednesday morning filling an abandoned well off of 74th and University, a job they’re getting used to.

“A lot more wells are being abandoned because there’s not enough water there to pump and irrigate with so it’s kind of ignored,” Rudder said.  “People don't want to fill them it's costly...and that’s really a concern.”

If you find an abandoned well that has not been filled contact the Texas Department of Licensing and Registration. 

Telephone: (512) 463-6599  Toll-Free (in Texas): (800) 803-9202

 

 

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