BLENDON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Time is running out, as ground water levels continue to drop in Ottawa County, and local leaders say they're taking steps to avoid a future crisis.
The county first discovered the problem through a study last year and is now asking for hundreds of volunteers who are willing to have their private wells tested.
When it comes to water services, Paul Potter is on somewhat of an island.
"Blendon Township has no public municipality, no water, no sewer, so we're going to be left high and dry," says Potter.
Potter recently volunteered to have his well tested, after learning that groundwater levels in Ottawa County are dropping.
"We are the epicenter of Ottawa county, which is the epicenter of the study that says we wont have water," says Potter.
"We have to take measurements on 500 to 600 wells throughout the county," says Mark Knudsen, Director of Ottawa County Planning and Performance Improvement.
County leaders say the dropping water levels are also tied to increasing salt levels, which can pose health risks.
"There is naturally occurring salt or sodium chloride at the bottom of some of those aquifers and when the water level goes down, it sucks some of that sodium chloride up and sometimes above safe drinking water standards," says Knudsen.
The testing will not only give more information to the county, but also help individual residents identify potential future.
"Understand what is occurring underground, so we can prevent this from becoming a crisis in the future," says Knudsen.
"I'm hoping they find a solution for a source of good clean water in the future," says Potter.
County leaders say the well testing is done by a certified water technician and only takes a short amount of time.
Anyone interested in volunteering can call the Ottawa County Planning and Performance Improvement Department at 616-738-4852.