Drought pumps up business for well drillers

Workers from Boessen Drilling dig deeper into Dan Bernskoetter’s well in Cole County. Bernskoetter added depth to his well after he noticed water was running short.

Workers from Boessen Drilling dig deeper into Dan Bernskoetter’s well in Cole County. Bernskoetter added depth to his well after he noticed water was running short. Courtesy/Dan Bernskoetter

Lately, Howard Woehrer hasn’t been able to count on his spring-fed creek to provide water to his cattle. The creek is dry, and he now fills tanks of water to bring to his cattle in the back of his pickup truck.

His situation should soon improve. He is one of more than two dozen Cole County residents who have been approved for well-related drought funding from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) soil and water conservation districts. For the successful applicants, the work has included laying of well distribution lines, well development and development of a spring, said DNR spokesperson Renee Bungart.

Woehrer, a semi-retired farmer near St. Martins, plans to run a 1,000-foot underground water line from a well to his pasture.

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