Drought Dries Up N.C. Wells, Forcing People To Buy Water

North Carolina's extreme drought is drying wells in western North Carolina, forcing some to buy water or gather it from creeks and community streams.

Groundwater experts say deep wells should be fine for another few months. But if a dry winter doesn't bring enough rain to refill the groundwater, even those deeper wells could face problems in the spring.

Teresa Hammack of Madison County says the five springs on her property stopped flowing in August. She has been going to her son's house in Asheville twice a week to wash her hair. And she's using rinse water from her dishes to flush toilets.

The National Ground Water Association says North Carolina has more than 900,000 homes that use wells.

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