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Zanesfield well situation fishy

Zanesfield area residents and officials are concerned that an exclusive fishing club’s new wells could leave them without a sufficient water supply.

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The Zanesfield Rod and Gun Club, which is located along Water Street near the Simon Kenton memorial stone, has installed new wells that residents and officials fear will affect other wells in Zanesfield and Jefferson Township. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)

“I don’t think anybody really knows much about it, but if they start sucking off the water table, there is going to be a problem,” Zanesfield resident Robert Bibart said.

The Zanesfield Rod and Gun Club, which has an entrance at the south edge of the village but extends further south into Jefferson Township, reportedly has installed four new wells which are capable of drawing 200 gallons per minute from the water table, residents and officials report.

Both residents and the club, which breeds and raises trout to stock its private streams and ponds, use the same water table for their wells and it is only about 30 feet beneath the surface. An excessive draw from that water table could mean that the residents’ water supply would diminish.

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