Klamath County is receiving $4 million in funding via a state measure helping residents faxing domestic well problems because of the ongoing drought.

The Klamath County Board of Commissioners will disperse grant awards. The money is part of a $100 million drought relief package approved by the Oregon Legislature late last year.

The program includes $12 million to help for drought stricken wells and irrigation in the Klamath basin as well as $40 million in forgivable loans to farmers and irrigators.

“We are looking forward to helping get these state dollars into the hands of those who desperately need them. Not having basic drinking water is unacceptable, and we’re doing what we can to help by administering these vital funds. Please spread the word to your friends and neighbors” said County Commissioner Kelley Minty Morris.

The application period starts April 1 and runs through April 30. The county will pay up 75% of costs for well improvements up to $40,000 per project. More information on is on the county’s website — KlamathCounty.org.

The county commission will have an advisory committee help review the applications.