2014 Drought

Water years 2012 and 2013 were dry statewide. With 2014 off to a record dry start, Governor Brown took swift action on January 17, 2014 to declare a State of Emergency that will address growing water, agricultural, and economic concerns around the State due to extreme drought conditions. Droughts are a natural disaster and surviving any natural disaster requires planning and preparation. Information contained in this site is designed to help you prepare and respond.

Private Well Owners


Households that rely on well water can face problems during a drought. Being prepared can reduce the chance of well problems and shorten the time it takes to restore water. As a rule, you should be mindful of your well"s health and functionality on an ongoing basis, but most especially during a drought period. Wellowner.org has an abundance of basic information on wells and regular maintenance. 

Q. Has your well 'gone dry' or other problems impacting water production?

A. Problems could include the well no longer producing water, producing water sporadically, increased sand or sediment, or decreased pressure. We need to know! Although we cannot solve individual well problems, information we gather will assist in our drought assessment efforts and understanding groundwater basin conditions.  Help us document impacts of the drought by filling out and submitting the Well Reporting Form online.  You can also print the Well Reporting Form, fill it out manually and mail it to us at 308 Nelson Avenue Oroville, CA 95965 or by email to bcwater@buttecounty.net

Q. How deep is my well?

Knowing the total depth and general construction of your well can help you anticipate how your well may respond in drought conditions. The depth to groundwater for monitoring wells in the area can be viewed at the Water Data Library. Use the map to find a monitoring well near you. 

If you know the total depth of your well, where it is screened, and how deep your pump sits in the borehole then you can compare that information to local groundwater conditions to gauge your risk for running into well troubles. Having your well log on hand is a must, especially during dry times. Information regarding the depth of the pump in your well may be recorded on installation receipts, or may be available from the pump company which performed the installation. 

Copies of Well Completion Reports, also known as Well Logs or Well Driller Reports, are available from the Butte County Department of Environmental Health. Fill out and return the Well Log Release Request to the Environmental Health Division. Call 530.538.7281 with any questions. 

Alternatively, you can request your well depth information and well log by contacting the Department of Water Resources Northern Region Office in Red Bluff using the Well Log Request Form or by calling 530-529-7300.


Well Reporting Form (online)
Well Reporting Form (print)
Well Log Release Request Form (Butte County Environmental Health Division)
Well Completion Report Request Form (DWR)

Drought Information

Water Conditions

Stay Informed

Stay connected with drought information by following these Twitter accounts.

Butte County Twitter @CountyofButte

DWR Twitter @CA_DWR

Save Our Water Twitter @SaveOurWater

NWS Sacramento Twitter @NWSSacramento

Water Tips

Visit the Save Our Water website for more tips on saving water at home.