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The Klamath County Board of Commissioners is continuing to work on disbursing 4 million dollars in Oregon State Emergency funding to homeowners whose domestic wells failed or started failing in 2021 due to drought.
At this time, the Board of Commissioners has allocated over 3.5 million dollars in funding in the form of grants for individual homeowners. The Board of Commissioners set up a committee to disperse funds in a first round, hoping there would be additional funds left for a second round, however, due to an influx of applications, the Commissioners are using the remainder of the first round funding to fulfill the requests of those who weren’t able to get a timely well drilling estimate at the time of the original grant application, those who had incomplete applications, and those who filled out a pre-application, but didn’t have enough data to apply by the application deadline. The average grant award is approximately 18 thousand dollars. It’s often taking citizens nearly a year to get a new well drilled. At this time, 100 homeowners have received grant funding and have had their well remedied.
"We worked through Oregon Water Resources Department to put together a 5 million dollar ask of the State Emergency Board later this month, we are hopeful these additional funds will be awarded to help our citizens with this most basic need, " said Commissioner Kelley Minty.
The original funds were directed toward resolving well issues resulting from the 2021 drought. The State Watermaster has received 167 additional complaints, as of August 29, 2022. The Board of Commissioners hopes to receive funding, from the 5 million dollar request to the State Emergency Board, to assist those whose wells have failed in 2022.
There is also a State program that may assist Klamath residents in resolving their domestic well issues. If you are interested in learning if you qualify for the State program, visit Oregon Water Resources home page and click on the Well Abandonment Repair and Replacement Fund at: https://www.oregon.gov/owrd/programs/GWWL/WARRF/Pages/default.aspx
To report a dry or failing well, contact the Watermaster at 541-883-4182 or online at: https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=Mmk_qnz6tEegzqWYytFhz4Hyx-6adLpHoIeA_GW8uANUQkZNOVkyTTlCRVhUUTFMUFdSQjBLVkNOUS4u
More information can be found at www.klamathcounty.org.