FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 16, 2014
Contact: Dr. Christina Buck 538-4343
Oroville, CA – July 16, 2014. Butte County is receiving a number of calls regarding household wells in Durham, outskirts of Chico, and in foothill areas that are no longer producing water, or ‘going dry’. This occurs when the groundwater level falls below the level of the pump or the bottom of the well. The Butte County Department of Water and Resource Conservation would like to hear from people who are experiencing problems with their private household or agricultural production wells due to the drought. Although the County cannot solve individual well problems, documenting the problems helps in our drought assessment efforts and understanding groundwater basin conditions. Well problems could include wells that have ‘gone dry’ (are no longer producing water), wells that are producing water sporadically, wells with increased sand or sediment, or reduced water pressure. A voluntary online form is available for reporting problems, http://goo.gl/fTTtHk.