Nadine Cowen in downtown Cadiz stopped to enjoy the rare summer shower. “I love it. I wish it would keep on going. I’m afraid it will quit because we really need it.”
Next door, Ronnie Clark also took a break to see the cool precipitation fall from dark grey clouds. “I’m a farmer too and we are about a third short on our hay cutting and have 14 acres of tobacco that does not look good. My pastures need rain. I’ve never had to feed hay to my cows in June.”
County Agriculture Extension Agent David Fourqurean said that he had not heard of area wells running dry, though several ponds were well below normal. “The wells will probably come if we don’t have any rain. I don’t know for a fact how far below average we are for rain, but I think it could be seven to nine inches. Three or four inches of rain would go a long way to help us, and we still would need to get more later on.”
Both potable water utility companies in Trigg County report an adequate supply with no need for voluntary or mandatory rationing.
“Our municipal water supply looks good right now,” said Cadiz Public Works Director Kerry Fowler. “We get it out of a spring, not the reservoir. The spring may have dropped some, but no more than a half-inch over the past two weeks.”
Fowler said that Cadiz Water has experienced some pipe breakage due to dry ground. He attributed the late filling and opening of the American Legion Pool to one of the breakages at the beginning of the month. “Right now we have plenty of water. Of course if we had a major leak, it could pose enough of a problem to ask residents to conserve until we are caught up.”
Read a full report on recent rainfall in The Cadiz Record.