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Well worry rising as water table dips
Published June 10, 2004
MERRILL - As debates continue about the water
flowing above ground in the Klamath Basin, worry
about dropping water tables for the water below
continue to rise to the surface.
And, some say the pumping is bring down the water
table, leaving some pumps in domestic wells sucking
air, not water.
said he had two domestic wells stop pulling up water
around Memorial day because of the agricultural
pumping near him.
Although the water table around the Basin is
dropping, especially around Merrill, Ned Gates, a
hydrogeologist with the Oregon Water Resources
Department, said Oden's situation is more of the
exception than rule.
The combination of deep agriculture wells, some
going down to 500 feet, next to Oden's shallow
200-foot well, is what caused the water table to
drop near Oden's place, Gates said. The three
agricultural wells have pumped about 1,000 acre-feet
of water so far this irrigation season.
"We are demanding more out of the ground all of the
time," he said.
"As long as he has declared it a drought you can pump them," Rajnus said.
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