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Dozens of Orland wells have already dried up

It is almost June, but dozens of wells in Orland are already dried up, leaving many without water.

Posted: May 30, 2021 5:54 PM
Updated: May 31, 2021 9:02 AM

ORLAND, Calif. - Many across Orland are asking one thing: where’s the water?

For one long-time farming family, they haven’t seen water levels this low in years.

“Our tank is empty,” Staci Buttermore said. “Absolutely done. We are now hauling water.”

But they are not alone.

Dozens in the area are experiencing the same problem: little to no water.

And many of them are afraid to even turn on their pumps, worrying they might burn them out.

As a result, many people are grabbing water from others, but they don’t know when that will run out either.

This means no water for showers, to drink, but most importantly, no water for the animals and the crop.

Besides being in a drought, Action News Now asked the Buttermore family why they think this happened this year.

“It just really caught up with us,” Kassidi Buttermore explained. “We didn’t have anything in the reservoirs, and we haven’t had good recharge for the groundwater for each individual piece of property. It was a perfect storm in a way.”

And farmers are just hoping to bring more attention to a bigger issue.

“I hope people don’t just think everybody is out for their own pocketbook,” Staci said. “People need to come to the table like adults. We need to have people tell both sides of the story but this state needs storage. I think there are ways parties can come together and keep our state sustainable and hopefully not a dust bowl.”

Well companies said they can’t come out to drill for months, leaving many not knowing when they will get water again.

Farmers said they are worried the lower levels of water will drive the cost of food up and bring employment in the agriculture industry down.

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