Greenbrier County Water Plant helps those in surrounding counties

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CALDWELL, WV (WVNS) — Drought conditions are taking a toll on people who rely on wells, streams, and creeks to get their water.

One Greenbrier County water plant in Caldwell is doing its part to help. Plant manager, Randy Johnson said they have enough water to help those in Greenbrier County. Now, they are reaching out to help people in other counties.

“We don’t have a surplus right now, but what we have, we will share and help everybody out,” Johnson said. “Once we get through this.”

It has been over a month since the mountain state saw significant rainfall in Greenbrier County, and water levels in creeks and streams in the area are getting low. Public Works Director, Roger Pence, the last time Greenbrier County has seen a drought like this was about 50 years ago.

“I know there was an event in the 70s that was especially bad as well, but, for most, this is the worst, the lowest water level , the longest drought, the longest time without any rainfall that anybody has seen,” Pence said.

But officials are not worried yet about the lack of water. In fact, Johnson said they have enough water from their intake hole in the Greenbrier River to last a couple weeks.

“We have a good amount of water above our intake screens and we should be okay for a while longer,” Johnson said.

While people in the county are feeling the effects of the drought, others, like Willie Hylton, are doing their part to help their neighbors. He is taking water to places that are especially dry.

“I actually hauled some to Union yesterday because I have a tank,” Hylton said. “They were completely dry of water because their well went dry.”

People who rely on wells and streams for their water will become more dependent on water that can be hauled to their homes.

“I’m just a cog in the wheel in the whole works, trying to make it all work to where everybody has what they need,” Johnson said.

Johnson said it is a group effort to make sure everyone has what they need to get by during this difficult time.

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