County supply varies from north to south

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During the severe drought of 2012, some local residents got a taste of the hardships of living without enough water.

Center Grove area residents were told not to water lawns and conserve water at home when the Bargersville Utilities plant couldn’t produce enough water. White River Township Fire Department arranged for other departments to bring in tankers in the event of a large fire because water towers were running near empty. And residents in rural parts of Hensley Township were forced to drive to water plants to fill up plastic drums because their wells were dry.

Johnson County sits along a dividing line in the state, between the northern half, which has plentiful water, and the southern half, where water is more scarce. Across the county, water supplies vary widely. For example, around Edinburgh, water wells can pull upward of 600 gallons per minute out of the ground. Travel a few miles west toward Trafalgar, however, and you’ll find spots where getting 10 gallons per minute is a challenge.

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