Aug 24, 2021

San Joaquin Valley Community Provides Water to Well Owners During Drought

The California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley Water Workgroup is working with Self-Help Enterprises, which is offering community members water access

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Organizations in the San Joaquin Valley, California, are providing drinking water resources to those impacted by the drought.

According to FOX40 News, The California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley Water Workgroup created a plan and a list of resources for private well owners and small communities struggling with losing access to drinking water as a result of shrinking groundwater levels.

The California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley Water Workgroup is working with Self-Help Enterprises, which is offering community members bottled water, water tanks, water assessment testing and water quality testing, reported FOX40 News.

“With climate change intensifying the impacts and frequency of droughts in California, collaboration and coordination are vital components to improving the state’s water resiliency,” said Dorene D’Adamo, vice chair of the California State Water Resources Control Board in the FOX40 news release.

As a result of these efforts, residents who have been affected by the impacts of the drought have immediate resources for drinking water.

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“Water is an essential resource in the San Joaquin Valley and no resident should be without access to drinking water,” said Merced County District 5 supervisor and chair of the water workgroup Scott Silveira in the FOX40 news release. “Self-Help Enterprises is providing vital services and emergency assistance during this drought, and the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley and the Valley Counties are committed to ensuring that everybody is aware of these available resources.” 

Additionally, The Greater San Joaquin County Regional Water Coordinating Committee (GSJCRWCC) adopted a significant update to the 2014 Integrated Regional Water Management Plan covering most of San Joaquin County (2020 IRWMP Addendum). Over $6.5 million in state grant funding will be available to the GSJCRWCC region to support water management projects identified in the IRWMP which meet California Department of Water Resources requirements.

San Joaquin Valley residents who are concerned about their well or those who have run out of domestic water, can click here for a list of resources by county or they can call Self-Help Enterprise at 559-802-1285.

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