After over two years since the first wells started running dry, East Porterville is now moving swiftly toward a lasting, community-wide drinking water solution. CWC is working closely with all stakeholders to ensure that community members are driving the process.
In East Porterville, momentum has been building, and combined with prioritization at the state level, progress is being made rapidly toward a long-term water solution. To ensure that residents have a voice in the development of a long-term water solution, CWC worked with residents to help form a local community-based organization called East Porterville for Water Justice. East Porterville for Water Justice has held monthly community meetings since March attended by local and state agency staff, including the State Water Resources Control Board and the Department of Water Resources, which are the two state agencies working on the community-wide solution.
A Draft Feasibility Study for this project will go out for public comment soon this month, meaning that work may start as soon as September. If all goes well, East Porterville residents will be connected to a sustainable source of water by the end of the year. We're working closely with East Porterville for Water Justice to ensure that the residents who will ultimately be drinking that water have a seat at the decision-making table.
On Thursday, June 23rd, from 6-8:30pm, at Granite Hills High School, East Porterville residents will have the opportunity to comment on a proposed water project that would connect most of the private household wells that have run dry in the East Porterville area with the City of Porterville’s larger community water system. In the future, a planned expansion of this water project will likely provide the opportunity for all private households on domestic wells in the East Porterville area, many of which may be contaminated, to connect to the City of Porterville’s water system. East Porterville residents are encouraged to attend the meeting to provide feedback on the proposed water project. Contact CWC's Ryan Jensen at 559-733-0219 or Ryan.Jensen@CommunityWaterCenter.org for more information, and click here for the public meeting notice.