Four years into the drought, an estimated 1,500 wells have run dry in Tulare County. Now, thanks to a state-funded project, relief is finally coming to one of the county’s hardest hit communities.
After over three years since the first homes started running out of water, East Porterville residents who have been relying on bottled water and tanks are now being connected to the City of Porterville’s water system.
Lead problems with the water in Flint, Mich., have prompted people across the country to ask whether they or their families have been exposed to the toxic metal in their drinking water, too. When it comes to assessing the risk, it's important to look in the right places.
A new assessment looks at nitrogen’s impact in California and how it’s affecting human health and the environment. The California Nitrogen Assessment Report shows that as the global demand for food has increased, so has the use of fertilizers- both organic and synthetic. But California crops use only a half to a third of all the synthetic nitrogen applied. Nearly 419,000 tons of nitrogen leach into groundwater every year.
When we talk about water in the San Joaquin Valley, it’s often to highlight water problems, like dry wells, contaminated drinking water or, more recently, toxic algae in lakes and reservoirs. But the news isn’t all bad: local advocate Susana De Anda recently received an award from the White House for her work bringing clean water to San Joaquin Valley communities.
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With over 1,500 homes that have run completely out of water since 2014, Tulare County is at the epicenter of the drought. We need your support to make sure the Board of Supervisors develops a strong emergency groundwater ordinance that protects our shared groundwater resources.
We’re thrilled that State Water Board staff just announced their preliminary recommendation to set the most health-protective legal limit for the pesticide byproduct 1,2,3-TCP in drinking water! CWC's 1,2,3-TCP campaign team has been advocating and educating residents tirelessly to ensure the new drinking water standard adequately protects public health, so we were very enthusiastic to hear that the Board is prioritizing setting a drinking water standard that will help protect the lives of hundreds of thousands of Californians who currently drink water contaminated by the dangerous carcinogen 1,2,3-TCP.
Community Water Center’s Kristin Dobbin is calling on the Board of Supervisors to consider recommendations addressing groundwater overdraft.
Tulare County District 1 Supervisor Allen Ishida knows the importance of water and farming, but he also knows the situation the county has found itself in with dropping well levels.