Welcome to Butte County

Butte County is a place of natural beauty with countless opportunities for recreation in both rural and urban environments. Many Butte County residents live in one of the five incorporated towns or cities: Biggs, Chico, Gridley, Oroville or Paradise. Butte County government provides services to residents through 23 diverse departments. Services include elections, road maintenance, public safety, solid waste disposal, and health and human services to name a few.

News and Announcements

Butte County Emergency Water Filling Station Available in Magalia

For Immediate Release: September 23, 2015 - 11:00 A.M.

Contact: Casey Hatcher (530) 538-6182
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Oroville, CA Butte County and Del Oro Water Company are coordinating to provide emergency water to residential well owners whose wells are dry or not producing adequate water. Emergency water is available at 14147 Lakeridge Court in Magalia. Butte County residents can access up to 500 gallons of water each day the emergency water is available. The emergency water is not potable. The water can be used for everyday household functions, such as showering, doing laundry, and flushing toilets, but residents should use bottled water for drinking. 

The emergency water filling station is available by appointment only on Mondays and Thursdays between 2:00 P.M. and 3:00 P.M starting September 28, 2015. Appointments must be scheduled 24 hours in advance by calling the Office of Emergency Management at 530.538.7631. 

Emergency water is available to residential well owners whose wells are dry or not producing adequate water because of the drought conditions. End users of the water must be using it for essential residential needs and must comply with the State Water Resource Control Board’s restriction on water use, as well as California Water Service’s Tariff Rule 14.1. The County will verify residents accessing water are hauling water for household uses, which is necessary due to the drought. 

Water is not available for residents who:

  • live outside Butte County;
  • are served by a water supplier/district; or
  • have a dry or low producing well for reasons other than the drought.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 /Number of views (287) /Categories: News and Announcements

Preparing for an Emergency is Important; Make Your Emergency Plan Today

For Immediate Release: September 18, 2015 - 10:30 A.M.

Contact: Casey Hatcher, 530.518.3508

In the wake of the Lumpkin Fire east of Oroville and other fires still burning in northern California, National Preparedness Month, and the reminder to Make Your Emergency Plan Today, feels critically important to many people. Preparing for an emergency is always essential. It is easy for people to forget the importance of preparing until they are reminded how quickly an emergency, such as a wildfire or flood, can happen and how critical it is to be prepared. 

September is National Preparedness Month. First responders and public service agencies throughout Butte County remind residents, “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” Making a pre-determined communication plan is key to ensuring the safety of your home, family, and pets whether you are planning for a wildfire, flood, power outage, or an emergency related to severe weather.

Make a Plan

Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to think about the following situations and plan just in case. Consider the following questions when making a plan:

  1. How will my family/household get emergency alerts and warnings?
  2. How will my family/household get to safe locations for relevant emergencies? 
  3. How will my family/household get in touch if cell phone, internet, or landline doesn’t work?
  4. How will I let loved ones know I am safe?
  5. How will family/household get to a meeting place after the emergency?

Visit http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan for tips on making a plan as well as sample communication plans. 

Stay Informed During an Emergency

An important step in preparing for an emergency is to make sure all household members know how they will be notified during an emergency. Make sure you are able to get alerts about an emergency in Butte County. First responders and public service agencies provide emergency information in several ways.

Friday, September 18, 2015 /Number of views (331) /Categories: News and Announcements

Butte County Beats Water Conservation Requirement for June and July

For Immediate Release: August 18, 2015 - 1:00 p.m.

Contact: Casey Hatcher 530.538.6182
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Use Water Wisely SignOroville, CA –Butte County exceeded water conservation requirements for June and July. The County reduced water usage at its facilities by nearly 6 million gallons in June and July of 2015 compared to the same months in 2013, which amounts to a 50% reduction in water use. The water reduction seen at County facilities surpassed water conservation requirements by over 2.3 million gallons.

Water Conservation Summary (June/July 2015)

Water Provider Serving Butte County Facilities  Required Water Reduction* June & July 2015 Water Reduction
California Water Service - Chico 32% 50%
California Water Service - Oroville 28% 57%
Thermalito Water and Sewer 25% 36%
South Feather Water and Power 25% 54.9%
Paradise Irrigation District 25% 53%

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 /Number of views (555) /Categories: News and Announcements

Foothill Boulevard Construction to Replace Bridge across Wyman Ravine Begins Monday, May 18th

Road Traffic Control Advisory
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 12, 2015 – 2:00 p.m.
Contact: Terry Edwards, 530.538.7681
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Oroville, CA – Beginning Monday, May 18, 2015, construction will begin to replace the bridge on Foothill Boulevard across Wyman Ravine southeast of Oroville between Fairhill Drive and Mt. Ida Road. Construction activity will include bridge reconstruction, roadway widening, and roadway reconstruction. The project will take place through October 2015, but one-lane traffic control is only estimated to impact traffic through the area until the end of August. 

Traffic Control 

The first phase of construction will require Foothill Boulevard to be reduced to a single lane in the construction area with a temporary signal system, which is estimated to last through July. The second phase will reopen the roadway to two lane traffic and is estimated to begin early August 2015. Speed limits through the project will be reduced to 10 MPH within the immediate vicinity of the bridge construction and 25MPH within the remaining project limits. 

Resident Access

Residents’ driveways will be accessible at all times during construction. Sidewalk along Foothill Boulevard will be reconstructed near the bridge and will be closed while reconstruction is taking place. Residents are asked to please respect these restrictions during construction to assist in a safe construction site for the public and our employees. 

Butte County Public Works and the project contractor, Franklin Construction both want to make the construction process as safe and easy for residents and travelers as possible. Members of the public who have questions about the construction project may contact Butte County Public Works at 530.538.7681. Residents who have specific concerns about property in the construction area may contact Franklin Construction’s Chico office at 530.343.9600 or the project superintendent Brandon Duntsch directly at 530.774.7519.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 /Number of views (1696) /Categories: News and Announcements

Reporting Well Problems Due to the Drought

News Release
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.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 /Number of views (10195) /Categories: News and Announcements