Background: Since 2014, over 1,600 homes have run completely out of water, making Tulare County the epicenter of the drought. But while emergency relief continues, our county has yet to address the root cause of the problem -- declining groundwater levels. In the same time period more than 5,500 new wells have been permitted to be drilled in the county, increasing demand on an already diminishing resource. This race to the bottom with well drilling is unsustainable and irresponsible. The Community Water Center and our allies have been doing everything we can to ensure the Tulare County Board of Supervisors takes action to address this crisis. We need your support to make sure the Board of Supervisors takes action and ultimately develops a strong emergency groundwater ordinance that places limits on increased groundwater extractions until new regulations are in place to manage these shared resources for the benefit of all residents.
You can make a difference and help protect Tulare County families by contacting your County Supervisor today!
Make a quick phone call:
Call the Tulare County Board of Supervisors office at (559) 636-5000.
If someone answers, ask to leave a message for your supervisor (Worthley, Ishida, Ennis, Vander Poel or Cox). (Don’t know who your supervisor is? Find out here.)
Leave a message (either with a county employee or on the County voicemail) with your name, address, and recommendation to the supervisor (that is, that you want them to vote to develop a strong emergency ordinance that limits increased groundwater extraction). Click here for an example of what to say when calling your Supervisor.
Prefer to send an email? Follow these steps:
Thank you for taking a few minutes to act on this important issue! After we apply pressure with phone calls and letters, we need to show up at the Board of Supervisors meeting to make sure they follow through. Sign up for our Groundwater Action Team so we can let you know if the Board of Supervisors will be voting on this issue!