Vandalia Drying Up

1 decade 3 years 9 months ago Tuesday, October 10 2006 Oct 10, 2006 Tuesday, October 10, 2006 10:55:11 PM CDT October 10, 2006 in News
So why so little water? Locals say Pete Steiner Reservoir, which serves the town of Vandalia is usually nine-feet higher than it is now.  And it's not the only Missouri town facing a water shortage.  Bowling Green, about 15 miles to the east, has had similar problems but it hopes to find a solution in the form of eight new water wells east of town.  With the clock counting down on Vandalia's supply, it's hoping for a solution.  So far, it's consisted of moving water from a nearby quarry into Steiner Reservoir. An idea some think is enough.

"I'm no professional. I just go to coffee shops and visit a little bit," explained farmer Alan Leverett.  "Carl Moore, this spring pumped a million-and-a-half gallons and he said that's no problem."

If conditions worsen, the town may impose mandatory conservation efforts.  Measures could include shutting down at least one water-dependent type of business -- a notion already gaining support.

"If they're really concerned, then I think they should shut down the car washes," said Terry Eoff.

Winders says one option is connecting to a regional water district.  Some residents fear that could drive up the cost of their water bills. In an attempt to pin down what that cost might be, KOMU contacted Vandalia's chief water plant operator Darren Berry. He refused to comment.

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