"Our biggest goal is quality water," said Robert McMillan.
Robert McMillan of North Florida Water Systems says his company is seeing a rise in service calls and it all has to do with lower aquifer levels.
"When a drought situation comes, if that well wasn't quite drilled deep enough to begin with, those are the ones that give the biggest problems," said McMillan.
Which creates a "catch 22" for well drillers.You want to drill deep enough to still have water in a drought, however if you drill too deep, problems occur.
"Most of our areas, if you drill too far, you start getting into sulfur, iron, iron bacteria, water that you don't want and you can't use without a lot of treatment," said McMillan.
However, no treatment was possible for McMillan's job today.
He was at the home of Lonnie Tucker of Alachua, who has a different type of problem.
"The well drillers are out here today because of a sand problem i'm having. i can't drink the water, it clogs up my filters," said Tucker.
Tucker said the problem is due to the lack of rain and he's never seen it quite like this before.
"No I've never had that problem, i've lived here 10 years and never had that problem," said Tucker.
In Tucker's case, an entirely new well was needed.
"Sometimes you have to re-drill, actually move over and drill a new well, but that's not nearly as much the case as just getting the pumps below the water," said McMillan.
Tucker's issue seems to be fixed, however, the problem itself doesn't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.
"The lakes are being affected, people's wells are being affected, our complete livelihood is being affected because of it," said McMillan.
Making quality water harder and harder to come by.
Mike Gismondi, TV20 News.
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