Small portions of the community (approximately 20 percent) are currently receiving domestic water from the City of Porterville (City): the majority of residents depend on predominantly shallow, private wells for their water supply. Due to the effects of the ongoing drought, a large number of these wells have gone dry, or the water contains contaminants making it unsafe to drink. As a result, the residents of this disadvantaged community do not have a reliable supply of safe drinking water. DWR has identified approximately 800 residentai properties that are in need of a reliable and sustainable solution for drinking water. In cooperation with the State Water Board, Office of Emergency Services, the City, and Tulare County, DWR proposes to drill up to three wells, install one water storage tank, one booster pump station, over 4 miles of a combination of mainline and distribution pipelines, and 300 fire hydrants for fire protection. Each project component would require geotechnical investigations prior to construction.
The drought demands immediate action to prevent or mitigate the loss of water supply.
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