Domestic wells run dry in many Klamath Basin homes

“I don’t even know how to explain the gut wrenching reaction you have when you go to turn on the faucet and no water comes out,” said a woman whose well has run dry.

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Judy Shanks starts her shift at Basin Ambulance at 5 a.m. each morning. She likes to start and finish work early, so she can return to her Malin home in the afternoon and tend to her livestock.

But lately, rather than saddling up and going for a ride when she gets off, Judy is spending her afternoons finding water for her small collection of horses, cows and goats.

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