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Indiana town struggles with dry wells

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Associated Press

TEMPLETON, Ind. -- Several homes in a small northwestern Indiana town have had their water wells go dry, perhaps because of irrigation at a nearby farm.

Those living in about a dozen homes in the Benton County town of Templeton have been relying on bottled water and water brought in by a tanker truck since Saturday.

Ozzy Bower tells the Journal & Courier that he was trying to fix his home's pump before realizing neighbors also had no water.

Mark Basch of the state Department of Natural Resources says the farm irrigation might be lowering the ground water level below the reach of the town's older, shallow wells.

The farmer tells WLFI-TV he's not sure he's responsible for the wells going dry in the town about 20 miles northwest of Lafayette.

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