The lack of rain has hit all of California hard, but perhaps no place more than in Tulare County home to 60 percent of the residential wells that have gone dry in the entire state. As Valley Public Radio’s Ezra David Romero reports the county is creating a model for drought relief that the rest of the state can follow.
California’s drought isn't just causing wells to go dry, it's also contributing to a long running water pollution problem.
A new study by the U.S. Geological Survey looked at over 100 private domestic drinking water wells in the San Joaquin Valley. It found that around 1 in 4 had uranium levels above those considered safe by the EPA. Most of the wells were on the east side of the valley, which is home to sediment from the Sierra Nevada which naturally contains uranium.
Drought conditions in parts of Central California have become so harsh that it’s normal to turn on the tap have no coming out. A few months ago we brought you the story of East Porterville where more than 600 homes are without water because their household wells have dried up. Now, some of the town’s residents will have access to something they haven’t had in months.
The last time Gilberto Sandoval took a warm shower was over a month ago.
“I’ve been without running water for the last three months,” Sandoval says. “ No water whatsoever.”
With fires raging in the region and no sign that the drought will ease up, farmers and even homeowners are on the hunt for water. The initial answer is to dig a new well. But wells are expensive. In this piece FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports on a solution that many Valley homeowners rely on.
Eugene Keeney hooks his 2,500 gallon water truck to a fire hydrant on the northern edge of Clovis.