CHICO — Butte County announced a new program Wednesday that is expected to provide up to 5,000 gallons of water per household to residents with storage tanks, at least in its first phase.
In phase two, the county will begin providing temporary storage tanks to those who do not already have one, according to a press release issued by the county on Wednesday.
The program is run by the Butte County Office of Emergency Management and aims to provide access to water for people facing water insecurity.
Services provided under the program will be free to those who qualify.
Those interested in applying can do so by going to arcg.is/0qn5rO0.
Beyond standard information such as name and address, the app asks for land ownership status, such as tenant, owner, or owner, as well as the number of people in the household and the water problem with which he is confronted.
Problems listed are dry wells, reduced water pressure, intermittent water pressure, and pumping air, muddy water, or sand.
Residents can also access the application by calling the Butte County Emergency Management Office at 552-3333, a number potential applicants can use for more information, or by visiting the office itself at 25 County Center Drive, Suite 213 in Oroville.
The latest drought conditions, according to the California Department of Water Resources, show that more than half of Butte County, particularly the western half, has fallen into extreme drought conditions. Almost all of Glenn County is considered to be in extreme drought.
The DWR definition of extreme drought includes the following:
- Livestock require expensive supplementary feed.
- Livestock are sold.
- Fruit trees bud early.
- The fire season begins to last all year and burning bans are implemented.
- There is not enough water for agriculture, urban areas and wildlife.
- Hydroelectricity is limited.
- Farmers should start irrigating in winter.
Parts of California, like Fresno, have entered exceptional drought, which is one level above extreme.
Lake Oroville has seen lower levels in recent weeks, largely due to lack of precipitation and severe drought conditions.
The California Department of Water Resources provided an update on lake conditions and monitoring.
According to the update, the lake would have been only 52% of its full capacity as of June 16 and 67% of its historical average.
As of 1 p.m. Thursday, the lake’s water level was at 761.54 feet.