The Country Estates Mutual Water Company (CEMWC) is a small water system with a service area that encompasses a 47-lot subdivision. CEMWC currently provides water to seven lots, serving approximately 15 people. The CEMWC’s sole source of potable water is one groundwater well located on CEMWC-owned property (APN 084-350-012). Given the low water volume produced by the well, the County established a moratorium on all new system connections in 1988. Recently, groundwater production has diminished sharply due to ongoing drought, and the supply of water to residents has been insufficient to meet basic household needs. Three potential well sites have been identified to replace the current well (see Figure 2). Well construction would consist of drilling a borehole to a depth of approximately 500 feet, grading less than one acre for drill-rig access, and installing a waterline to connect the new well to the water tank. A well permit (WTR22-0116) has been approved by the Shasta County Environmental Health Division for well construction on APN 084-350-003 as may be amended or may be approved under a separate application if it is necessary to utilize one of the alternative locations (Alternative 1 or 2). The purpose of the proposed project is to reduce water loss and ensure a safe and reliable potable water supply for the benefit of the CEMWC and its existing customers in the service area. The project would not provide for future build-out or induce population growth in the area.