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NOGALES, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

When he clocks out of his day job, the work is far from over for Frank Hernandez in Santa Cruz County.

He makes the 12 mile roundtrip from his home on Corrolito Lane into Nogales every day to fill several water jugs for his family and neighbors.

"What else can I do," Hernandez said. "I can't sit without water."

His well, along with a few others in his community, has been dry for months. The Arizona Department of Water Resources reports significant declines in surrounding water levels for the past several years.

A lack of recharge from local streams is likely to blame, according to the department. Staff will be in the area in the next week or so to measure levels.

Meanwhile, Hernandez will continue to make his daily trips to the local VFW. He said he's grateful to the organization for offering him a place to fill up for free. He pays for the gas to get him back and forth to town, but Hernandez said he's conserving the water.

"Once you need things, you learn how to take care of them," he said.

Hernandez said the nearest water line is less than 1,000 feet away from his front door, but tapping into it would be too expensive. The same goes for digging deeper into his own well, which Hernandez said he can't afford to take the risk.

Besides the inconvenience of making the trips into town, Hernandez said he worries about the lack of available water being a health concern. He hopes that state and local leaders can provide a solution.

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