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NY TIMES: E Porterville Getting Hooked Up To City Water

NY Times

November 15,2017-

Screen Shot 2017-11-15 at 2.00.47 PMAfter one of the wettest winters in state history, and with more rain expected on Wednesday, the drought may seem like a distant memory to many Californians. But in parts of the San Joaquin Valley, where the water shortage was felt most acutely, the recovery has been slow going.

This has been especially true in East Porterville, a small rural community in Tulare County where hundreds of wells went dry during the summer of 2014. The situation there became so dire that one local resident began delivering bottled water door to door; the people in town made frequent treks to fill up plastic dairy containers; giant green water tanks were eventually installed in their front yards.

Now, more than three years later, state officials say they are almost done restoring residents’ access to a reliable water supply. By the end of the year, they hope to have about 750 of East Porterville’s 1,200 homes connected to a nearby city’s water system. The remaining households have chosen to forgo a water bill and place faith in their wells once more.

Doug Carlson, a spokesman for the Department of Water Resources, said the agency was happy that so many residents have signed up for service. Officials, he noted, have been “pushing hard to get these people connected so they never have to do without water again.”

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