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Since 2014, the County of Tuolumne has assisted over 140 residents who experienced dry wells due to drought conditions. The assistance came in the form of a 2500 gallon water tank with potable water delivery. In 2017, Governor Brown ended the emergency drought proclamation for California, except for the counties of Kings, Tuolumne, Fresno and Tulare; whom still are experiencing negative effects of the drought on groundwater production. Because the drought proclamation was extended in these counties, the water delivery program was also extended for one additional year. The program is ending on March 31, 2018 and all residents that remain on the program will cease getting water delivery at no cost. If the resident chooses, they can keep the water tank for free and continue to pay for water delivery after the March 31 cut-off date.
In order to continue to assist County residents, the Office of Emergency Services has been seeking alternate assistance for residents who want to deepen their existing well, or drill a new well. The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) offers a program that can assist homeowners in California with these services. Please visit the SWRCB website for more information. Additionally, there is a fact sheet that residents can browse that gives a more information on the programs available.
You can also contact Ethan Billigmeier at the Office of Emergency Services by calling 533-5652. if there are any questions.