When the wells run dry: California neighbors cope in drought

When the wells run dry: California neighbors cope in drought

September 4, 2015 at 7:00 am Comments are Disabled

TULARE >> Looking for water to flush his toilet, Tino Lozano pointed a garden hose at some buckets on the bare dirt of his yard. It’s his daily ritual now, in a community built by refugees from Oklahoma’s epic Dust Bowl drought. But only a trickle came out; then aRead More

$340 million in California drought-relief money left unspent

$340 million in California drought-relief money left unspent

June 12, 2015 at 3:00 am Comments are Disabled

FIREBAUGH >> More than $340 million that was supposed to be rushed to drought-stricken California communities sits unspent in government bank accounts more than a year after lawmakers voted to use the money to provide water, protect wells from contamination and upgrade outdated water systems. Although millions of dollars fromRead More

Some California farmers are proposing their own water restrictions to avoid bigger cuts

Some California farmers are proposing their own water restrictions to avoid bigger cuts

May 20, 2015 at 1:02 pm Comments are Disabled

FRESNO >> Farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta who have California’s oldest water rights are proposing to voluntarily cut their use by 25 percent to avoid the possibility of even harsher restrictions by the state later this summer as the record drought continues. Under the deal expected to beRead More

Drought-stricken California town so dry, residents shower in church parking lot

Drought-stricken California town so dry, residents shower in church parking lot

November 19, 2014 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

FRESNO — Hundreds of people living in a drought-stricken California farm town could soon be taking their first hot shower in months after county officials set up portable facilities in a church parking lot. Residents of East Porterville in the agricultural Central Valley must bring their own towel and soap,Read More

California drought: Some Central Valley wells running dry

California drought: Some Central Valley wells running dry

September 21, 2014 at 3:54 pm Comments are Disabled

EAST PORTERVILLE >> Hundreds of domestic wells in California’s drought-parched Central Valley farming region have run dry, leaving many residents to rely on donated bottles of drinking water to get by. Girl Scouts have set up collection points while local charities are searching for money to install tanks next toRead More

Despite drought, no water meters at more than 235,000 California homes and businesses

Despite drought, no water meters at more than 235,000 California homes and businesses

September 9, 2014 at 12:39 pm Comments are Disabled

FRESNO — Although California is locked in a third year of historic drought, many homeowners and businesses still don’t have meters telling them just how much water they are using. That’s changing, but some say it’s not fast enough. State law requires water meters by 2025, but the State WaterRead More