Drought is a regular companion to life in the west. Even when there's no drought, there's not much rain... Klamath Falls gets 14 inches in a "normal" year.
Water worries visit other parts of the country as well.
Julene Bair wrote something like a love story to a landscape and an aquifer in The Ogallala Road: A Story of Love, Family, and the Fight to Keep the Great Plains from Running Dry.
She visited in 2015, and we hear details of her story again here.