Dozens of central Wisconsin residents have been struggling with a water shortage so severe they sometimes can't shower, do laundry or wash dishes.
Leaders in the town of Hull told Stevens Point Journal Media the water shortage developed in early October, and some suspect the problem is tied to a new well installed last year in neighboring Stevens Point.
Hull Chairman John Holdrige sent a letter to Stevens Point Mayor Andrew Halverson asking for an investigation into the relationship between the city's new well and private wells in the area drying up.
"I think there's an obligation there by the city," Holdrige said. "There's about one-third of the households in Portage County that have a private water supply. That really is a huge issue."
Stevens Point Public Utilities and Transportation Director Joel Lemke said monitoring showed water levels stayed within a few feet of previous levels after the well began operating last summer. He said more information is needed about what is going on.
Thirty-three Hull residents have replaced private wells, and as of Thursday, another 34 residents were still reporting water problems, town officials said.
Robin Lipski spent about $7,000 to replace his well after his water flow began stopping while he was showering or doing laundry.
"The city has used the word coincidence," he said, adding, "Two (failed private wells) is a coincidence. Five is a trend. Thirty-three, not so much."