Friday, May 6, 2016

Life by the drop

The wells have run dry in East Porterville, so why is a $1.2 million water system still untapped?

Many East Porterville residents have been forced to reply on portable showers since wells began running dry two years ago. GENARO MOLINA / Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

"The cavalry" has descended on East Porterville, an unincorporated area in Tulare County that claims about 12 percent of the state's failed wells. But residents and even some government officials say progress has been painstakingly slow, if not altogether ineffectual. It's been two years since the state sunk $1.2 million in a new well that remains untapped.

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Unsafe water may affect 24% of public schools

Capital Public Radio

Water supplies in many California public schools have repeatedly exceeded safe drinking standards, according to a new report. The Community Water Center looked at nearly 7,000 public schools around the state and found that between 2003 and 2014, up to 24 percent of the schools had water that violated safe standards.

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Groundwater regulation hangs on a word choice

Circle of Blue

California's attempt to exert tighter control over groundwater use was designed to be a compromise between state authority and local oversight. The tension dogged the writing of the law two years ago, and is playing out again as the Department of Water Resources drafts the regulations that will put the law into practice. As a key deadline approaches, the debate hinges over a single word.

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