Homes lose water as wells run dry in drought-ravaged basin
MALIN, Ore. (AP) — Dozens of homeowners’ wells have gone dry, leaving them with no running water in an area near the Oregon-California border where the American West’s worsening drought has taken a dramatic toll.
At least 120 — and probably several hundred — domestic wells have dried up in the past few weeks.
The news comes just a few months after the U.S. government shut off federally controlled irrigation water to hundreds of farmers in the area for the first time ever.
Farmers have drawn on deeper wells to try to salvage some crops. That, plus a historic drought, have depleted shallower groundwater normally tapped by homes and hobby farms.