Benton Co. finally reimbursed for dry wells in Templeton

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BENTON CO., Ind. (WLFI) – Benton County received more than $95,000 Monday from the farmer who caused more than a dozen wells to go dry in Templeton last summer.

The Department of Natural Resources determined last July Bill Brost was to blame for the water shortage after Brost installed a new irrigation system.

The county spent more than $100,000 deepening and fixing wells for residents without water.

Commissioner Bryan Berry tells News 18 that Brost reimbursed the county Monday for almost all its expenses in restoring water. Auditor Patty Clouse said the amount was $95,138.

As agreed upon, Brost did not have to pay to install new pressure tanks in approximately five homes. Berry said the county has not determined if it will seek reimbursement from residents for that expense. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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