Monett's water system is feeling the strain of the drought. The city's second highest producing well, #12 at North Park, has been taken off-line after its water turned muddy.
Utilities superintendent Pete Rauch said #12 was taken out-of-service on Friday, cleared overnight and went muddy again on Saturday night. The well has remained muddy ever since.
The #12 well is nicknamed "Old Muddy" and its history, in part, prompted plans to build the new water treatment plant.
Rauch said at the present time, #12 is acting like it did in 2006, when the falling water table forced the well to be turned off for six months. The well produces about 25 percent of the city's water supply.
"We're asking people to use all the restraint they can in using water, especially in watering yards and gardens," Rauch said.
Industries have been very cooperative in reducing their water use and watering their lawns, Rauch said. The city is reducing watering at the parks to a minimum. The golf course is watered with effluent from the waste treatment plant, not drinking water.
For the first time, the new #21 well on the Jack Henry and Associates campus has been added to the system. The muddiness from water from the well has dropped to useable levels, Rauch said. Even the reservoir from well #1 between Sixth and Seventh streets has been filled for use.
"We'd appreciate any help folks can give us," Rauch added