An Abbotsford family of seven says they’ve been left high and dry.
“He had checked our well and it was bone dry.”
In a now-viral Facebook post, Leah and Chris Pickett say the city’s increased use of an aquifer has caused their well to dry up, and they now say the city isn’t doing anything to help.
When they bought their home, the Picketts were told the property’s well hadn’t gone dry in 85 years.
But that changed recently, and Chris blames the city.
“I can only put it together that the city, in response to a number of water shortages over the last year, has been pumping a lot of water out of that zone … and they said it wouldn’t affect us. I think it did.”
The Picketts asked the city to allow them to pay the $14,000 needed to hook up water access through instalments, but the city said no.
And now the family home is waterless.
Abbotsford’s general Manager of engineering, Peter Sparanese, says staff do feel for the family.
“Unfortunately, from our information, there is no evidence to support that the city’s use of our wells has any impact on the use of their well.”
Sparanese says the Pickett’s property has a “shallow well,” which has a bottom much higher than where the city accesses the aquifer.
Still, he says they are trying to contact them to see if there’s something they can do to help.