Area well drilling permits spike

Both cities and farmers have applied for new well permits after the drought has dried up their old wells.ã??

C.E. Williams of the Panhandle Groundwater Conservation District said, "We have seen a significant increase in both municipal and agricultural wells. Most everybodyâ??s system was stretched."ã??

Steve Walthour of the North Plains Groundwater Conservation District said, "In 2010 we went from 300 permits to about 565 permits in 2011, to a little less than that in 2012, Weâ??ve seen a real spike."ã??

Pampa, Dumas and Clarendon are digging new wells.