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Anamosa water supply down to one well

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ANAMOSA (KWWL) -- Water wells are a valuable source for many towns who supply water to residents. But the City of Anamosa has been dealing with one less well after an early April storm destroyed it. The missing well only cause one temporary water shortage, but isn't expected to happen again.

After lightening hit one of the two water wells in Anamosa, it didn't seem like much of a problem. That is until the fire department need more water to put out a barn fire nearby. That's when they asked people in the city and at the Anamosa State Penitentiary to conserve water for a short time. You can see it from almost anywhere. The Anamosa water tower sits high above this city, holding almost 500 thousand gallons of water.

Since 2008 the city has shared two water wells with the Anamosa State Penitentiary.

"It goes all the way back to the flood of June of 2008 when the penitentiary lost it's two water wells and asked the City of Anamosa to supply them water. So that meant that the city of Anamosa two water wells had to supply water to residents and to the Anamosa State Penitentiary," said Patrick Callahan, City Administrator.

But since then the city has never felt pressure to conserve water.

"We're able to keep tower full and respond to the need for water in the community. It's just that it makes us nervous in the event of a fire," said Callahan.

And that's what happened on Tuesday, one well down, and a call to a barn fire.

"And a fire call came in and we had a number of tanker trucks taking water to the fire," said Callahan.

That's when crews asked everyone in town to conserve water, including the state penitentiary.

"We have to be very careful that we don't bring the level of the water tower down too far," said Callahan.

But officials say Tuesday's incident was isolated and most likely won't happen anytime in the near future.

"Two months from now we won't have a problem because the Anamosa State Penitentiary will have two new wells that will come online and provide their needs and hopefully be a back up for us in the even of major fire," said Callahan.

And a year from now the city will most likely have a third well in place to provide as a back-up.

"Once the penitentiary wells are up and running in June it really will take the pressure off of us," said Callahan.

And keep this 500 thousand gallon water tower full of water for the community.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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