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Area Well Drilling Business Skyrockets

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The drought may be putting some businesses at risk, like agriculture, but it's also keeping some business afloat, like well-drillers. And the Bruce MacKay Pump & Well Service Inc. company is one that is very busy these days.

"We are always busy in the summertime," says Franck Kurnik as we peruse a drilling job in South Reno. "But this summer is even worse because of the drought. A lot of people are calling to have their existing wells re-drilled....deeper. And others are just out of water."

The ranch we are at produced 300 bales of hay in years past but this year has only had a yield of 50 bales. Irrigation ditches on the property are already dry. So the owners are investing in a new well.

"They aren't cheap," Frank tells me. "They can run anywhere from $15,000 to as much as $250,000 if we run into problems. We can't guarantee there's water or how much. We do our homework on existing wells in the area and we make an educated guess."

Drill rigs extract mud, clean out rock bits and then return them to the borehole. It's messy business. But the demand for it is expected to continue to grow in the west.

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