Water wells in the Southwestern United States have reportedly begun to run dry as foreign-owned farms continue to grow crops for cattle overseas, CNN reports.

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Workers in the Southwest say that as they began to drill a new well to tap into a water reservoir, they noticed that the water in the aquifer was moving.

Gary Saiter, a resident of Wenden, Arizona, and the head of the Wenden Water Improvement District, said that the moving water is due to a neighboring well that is being used by an alfalfa farm that is run by Al Dahre, a company based out of United Arab Emirates. The crops that are grown there are then sent to feed cattle and other livestock overseas.

Saiter told CNN, “The well guys and I have never seen anything like this before,” adding that the farm was “pumping and it was sucking the water through the aquifer.”

These problems come as the Southwest remains in a drought while the Colorado River Basin, aquifers, and agricultural growth all continue to put a strain on water access.

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