AROUND OREGON: Domestic wells run dry in many Klamath Basin homes

KLAMATH FALLS - 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.

On June 24, the 118-foot domestic well that provides water to the Shanks property ran dry.

“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 Judy. “You don’t know whether to laugh or cry.”

For almost a month, Shanks’ animals have been drinking from a storage tank . . .