Drought causes wells in Giles County to dry up

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

GILES COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – The drought emergency can be felt all over Tennessee. Wells that have reportedly been around for decades are running dry, putting families in a bind heading into winter.

Nearly a month’s gone by since Kathleen Pierce’s well ran dry.

“We had a feeling at that time that it was getting low,” she explained. “You turn on the faucet and nothing comes out. Can’t wash clothes, can’t take bathes, can’t wash dishes.”

Pierce has lived out in the Giles County hills for going on two decades. Year after year, the rain always came, until now.

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“We ain’t had no rain. Been about four months, that’s a long time,” said Pierce.

Now, the family fills the well manually.

Every couple of days, someone must walk a quarter mile, around a fence, to the creek across the street.

There they find a generator that’s helped quench their thirst this fall.

“All of a sudden, we just come up with the idea,” stated Pierce. “So we went and borrowed a generator, got our hose pipes and did this.”

From the creek, the water travels through hose after hose, cross a field, and back across the street to the Pierce well. The water issues won’t go away any time soon. Out in the Giles County country, water is up to the people.

Pierce may have to buy water from nearby Minor Hill, which is costly and time is running dry.

“Could get city water,” she said. “But they’re saying its gonna be January before they can even get to us.”

For now, she and her neighbors will walk, day in day out, until the rain returns or the creek runs out.

“This is it right here,” noted Pierce. “If this dries up…we have no water.”