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Ongoing drought triggers dry wells in Malheur County but help is available from state water agency

Rylee Buckley refills the buckets in her goat pen with water supplied by one of her neighbors.Buckley's domestic well has been dry since May 30. Two domestic wells in Malheur County near Vale recently also dried up but residents can seek assistance from the Oregon Water Resources Department. (Klamath Falls Herald and News)

VALE – Two Vale area residential wells have gone dry while a third is nearly parched, and Rich Harriman, Malheur County Emergency Management director, wants to remind the public help is available from the state and the county.

If a well runs dry, residents could qualify for financial assistance under the state’s Water Well Abandonment, Repair, and Replacement Fund.

The program, overseen by the Oregon Water Resources Department, provides help to residents that certain requirements.

Homeowners are eligible if:

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