Water & Resource Conservation

Butte County's Department of Water and Resource Conservation was formed on July 1, 1999 following many years implementing programs to protect the Butte County water resources.

Our Mission: To manage and conserve water and other resources for the citizens of Butte County.

Well Owners

Wondering about Groundwater Levels in your Area? 

If you have a well in the valley, visit California’s Groundwater Live and select “Groundwater Levels” and then “Current Groundwater Conditions” to use the mapping application to view the depth to groundwater in your neighborhood based on groundwater level conditions measured in monitoring wells.

For even more detail on each well, click on the dot representing the well on the map, scroll to the bottom of the pop up box and click on “Groundwater Level Report” and then on “Groundwater Level Data”. You can also call 530-552-3595 for help navigating the site.

Tutorials are also available at: https://sgma.water.ca.gov/CalGWLive/about.htm

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 especially during a drought period.

Wellowner.org has an abundance of basic information on wells and regular maintenance, including a great Well Owners Guide. You can gain access to free classes on Domestic Wells at PrivateWellClass.org.  Be sure to view the Butte County private well owner informational brochure.

Report Water Supply Shortage

Individuals are encouraged to report dry wells or water supply shortages to DWR’s online Household Water Supply Shortage Reporting System. This will help inform state and local agencies on water shortage impacts to households served by wells, and will help identify the need for local, state, or federal assistance.

Go to DWR’s Dry Well Reporting System webpage and click the Submit Report button.

Reports can be made anonymously and data will be made available on the California Groundwater Live mapping application.

Water Hauling

Emergency Water Filling Stations

South Butte County

In the Oroville/Bangor areas, South Feather Water and Power 530.533.4578 provides three locations with potable (drinking) water, open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

2310 Oro Quincy Hwy, Oroville, this location will accommodate containers up to 5-gallons.  Public access is unlimited.  No limit on daily use.
234 Kelly Ridge Road, Oroville, this location will accommodate containers up to 5-gallons.  Public access is unlimited.  No limit on daily use.
7540 Oro Bangor Hwy. Oroville (Cal Fire parking lot on the left), this location will accommodate containers up to 5-gallons.  Public access is unlimited.  No limit on daily use.

The locations listed above provide potable water for residents to fill and haul themselves. While the water is potable at the source, there is no guarantee it will remain safe to drink if it is put in a container that is not certified for hauling potable water. The County encourages residents to use water from these locations for everyday functions, such as showering, doing laundry, and flushing toilets. Residents should use bottled water for drinking.

Local Licensed Water Haulers

Currently Butte County residents may hire a water hauler licensed by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). The list below is from the CDPH website and is not an endorsement by Butte County. A complete list of licensed water haulers can be found on the CDPH website.

Butte County

Ben Porta Showers
720 Colusa Hwy, Gridley
(510) 846-4110

Butte Valley Water Delivery
1900 Oro Dam Blvd #12, Oroville
(530) 552-0145

Butte Water Truck Service
5656 Miners Ranch Road, Oroville
(530) 589-0645

Craig Dewsnup Trucking
179 Little Avenue, Gridley
(530) 846-3116

L&L Farms
4577 Midway, Richvale
(530) 521-3147

Patane Farms, Field Services LLC
3169 4th Street, Biggs
(530) 682-6680

Tough Company Fire Inc.
2669 Highway 32, Chico
(530) 228-5384

Colusa County

Keeley Trucking
437 Market Street, Colusa
(530) 682-7443

Traynham Ranch
7082 Tule Road, Arbuckle
(530) 476-223

Glenn County

Gandy-Stanley Oil Company, Inc.
630 Eureka Street, Willows
(530) 934-3168

Tozier’s Fire Support, LLC
400 6th Street, Hamilton City
(530) 521-9904

Tehama County

All American Emergency Services
3540 South Hwy 99W, Corning
(530) 521-5377

Ben Haynes Construction
19585 Alta Vista Drive, Red Bluff
(530) 781-3988

Firewater Supply
1005 Vista Way, Suite D & E, Red Bluff
(530) 351-2792

Hill Enterprises
20794 Dalby Lane, Red Bluff
(530) 518-3912

Lonestar Enterprises – AB1 Water Delivery
7782 Hwy 99, Los Molinos
(530) 624-4332

Report Illegal Water Hauling or Water Diversions

Please see the flyers or reach out to the following contacts.

FAQ: Water Hauling and Cannabis Cultivation
Illegal Water Hauling

California Water Boards Contact
Mr. Taro Murano
Water Rights Enforcement
(916) 341-5399

Lake and Streambed Alteration Program Regional Contact
(916) 358-2885

California EPA | Environmental Complaint Form
Save Our Water | Water Waste Complaint Form


My well has “gone dry”, what do I do?

This occurs when the groundwater levels fall below the depth of the pump or the bottom of the well. You will need to contact a licensed contractor who can assess your situation and give you options. Wellowner.org has a contractor lookup tool.

If you have the ability to store water or purchase a storage tank, be sure to use only licensed water haulers for delivery of safe, clean potable water. A list of licensed water haulers in Butte County and surrounding counties can be found in the section above. A complete list of licensed water haulers can be found on the CDPH website.

How can I find out where the groundwater level is in my area?

Depth to groundwater for monitoring wells in your area can be viewed on the California’s Groundwater Live website. 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.

Additionally there are two real-time multi-completion groundwater level monitoring wells currently transmitting data:

20N2E24C1-3M – located on Nelson Rd. near HWY 99
21N1E13L2-4M - located at the CSU Chico State Farm

Groundwater level monitoring occurs throughout the year. Results and summaries are provided in the Department’s Groundwater Status Report. Call our department if you have questions about groundwater conditions, 530-552-3595.

I haven’t had problems but how can I be proactive?

Annual well maintenance is highly recommended. Have your well serviced to check pump performance, depth to water, and the depth of your pump. Butte County has put together a Domestic Wells pamphlet to help property owners navigate well maintenance.

Knowing the total depth and general construction of your well can help you anticipate how your well may respond in drought conditions. This information can be found on a Well Log that was filled out at the time your well was drilled or may be available from the pump company which performed the installation. We recommend always having your well log on hand, especially during dry times.

Where can I find a copy of my Well Log?

A copy of your Well Log, also known as a Well Completion Report, is available from the Department of Water Resources (DWR) – Northern Region Office. This will give you more information about your well including its construction details, total depth and casing and screening information.  Well information is available online at no charge via the Well Completion Report Mapping Application. If you are unable to find the report using the online application, you may request one by filling out and submitting a Well Completion Report Request Form, a fee may be charged. For more information contact the Northern Region office at NRO_WCR@water.ca.gov or 530-529-7368.

If DWR cannot locate your Well Log, you may also request your well depth information and Well Log from the Butte County Public Health Department Environmental Health Division. Call them at 530-552-3880.




 Location and Hours

Water & Resource Conservation
308 Nelson Avenue
Oroville, CA 95965

Office Hours
Monday to Friday
8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Excludes Holidays


Water Commission Meeting
February 1, 2023-1:30 pm
BOS Chambers
25 County Center Drive, Oroville

Technical Advisory Committee Meeting
March 20, 2023, 1:30 pm
Human Resources Training Room East
3 County Center Drive, Oroville

 Contact Water

Water & Resource Conservation
Phone:    530.552.3595
Fax:          530.538.3807

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