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Seville: A system abandoned in disrepair


The money that we are spending on safe drinking water could be used on educational material instead.
- Rebecca Quintana, school board member & resident of Seville

After decades without safe drinking water, Seville finally got a new well in the fall of 2014. California's poorest school, Stone Corral Elementary in Seville, was forced to spend between $500-$600 a month on bottled water. Plans are underway to consolidate with the nearby community of Yettem’s water system, but Yettem is also struggling with high levels of nitrates. Consolidation for the two systems would give both communities a more secure supply of safe drinking water.

Time without safe drinking water: 50 years

The struggle: Residents are served contaminated groundwater with nitrate levels over the federal health standards, deal with old and leaky pipes, water shortages, and clogged faucets and showers due to excess sand and rocks.

The people impacted: Seville is a small, low-income community of approximately 74 homes, one elementary school, and a small store located in Tulare County. The majority of residents are farmworkers. The median household income is about $14,000 a year.

The Solution: Seville must replace their water distribution system and connect to the nearby community of Yettem to ensure both communities have sufficient and reliable supplies.

The cost: Estimate costs for planning = $598,000. Estimate total project costs: $1,327,500.

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