VALLEY SPRINGS, Ark. -- By July 4, a few little towns in northwest Arkansas could be hauling water to cope with punishing summer weather. That’s why they’re counting the days until a massive pipeline project starts pumping. For some, however, it won't be a drought buster.
Boone County and nearly all of Arkansas are turning browner by the day. Many local governments have issued burning bans because it’s as hot as Hades. Creeks are drying up with no significant rain since spring. Even the grass awaits a resurrection like those resting in New Hope Cemetery near Omaha.
“We’ve had no rain -- only an inch-and-a-quarter since April 27,” said farmer Tim Moore, who also teaches agriculture at the local school and custom bales hay on area farms.
Stock tanks for livestock and backyard pools for families are the only oases across the parched landscape.
But, Valley Springs water customers have been asked to cut their use in half through Independence Day. That means no water for lawns, gardens, or topping off those family pools.