Editor's note: This is the second part of the Gazette-News' two-part series on the water situation in Jack County.

As reported last week, residential water users who purchase from a utility system currently have adequate supplies for their demands with no restrictions due to drought contingency.

For the most part, that's true of well owners also. But some wells are getting weaker.
Henry Erwin has been drilling wells for nearly three decades. For most of the water wells in Jack County drilled since 1985, he's drilled them.

He has not had many calls lately of people having trouble with their wells, but he knows of a few getting weaker including his own.

“My water wells are getting weaker. We fill storage tanks,” Erwin said. “We usually have plenty of water, but we can tell they're pumping down. Now, they don't meet our demands.”

He said he has not heard many stories of wells getting weaker, though he does know of some. But for the most part, it's not something that people would notice.

Erwin said it's his guess that the wells are getting weaker because of the drought, but he doesn't know that for a fact.

But there are places in Jack County where ground water just isn't available.

“Some people in my precinct, they haul water all their life,” said James Brock, Precinct 4 county commissioner. “There's places northeast of Perrin that there's not any water.


The places without water are sporadic throughout the county. Brock said it's possible to have great water and a neighbor just down the road might not.

Jeff Jackson of Jackson Construction digs stock tanks, but for the most part, he has not had many requests recently.

Gregory said the lack of water is the reason much of Jack County is still big range land despite its proximity to the Metroplex.

Read the full article in the Jacksboro Gazette News, Feb. 4