To the Editor: Well Water Worries
Letters reflect the opinions of their authors and not necessarily those of the Crozet Gazette.
Well Water Worries
In the May and August issues, the Crozet Weather Almanac writers made statements assuring readers that the wet spring would carry them through the growing season, “no matter how hot or dry the summer gets.” They suggested that reservoir and groundwater levels were adequate. This may be true for reservoir levels, but, as for groundwater levels, how would they know this?
Well, they don’t. This is because rainfall (and thus groundwater recharge) can be an extremely localized event (it’s hard to believe they don’t consider this). For example, it is not uncommon for Crozet to have a substantial precipitation event, but, on the other side of Buck’s Elbow (White Hall), the same storm is but a whimper. In fact, the Sugar Hollow area is perennially drier than is Crozet.
Since the Crozet Gazette is read far and wide, you can’t be giving people everywhere (especially when many are on wells) a false sense of security. When that hot, dry summer gets going, people could think that the liberal use of sprinklers would be safe and Crozet Weather Almanac-sanctioned, when in fact, they may be making matters worse for their wells.