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Be Prepared for Drought-related Well Outages

California is now in its fifth year of drought and groundwater levels have not shown significant recovery over Spring, 2015 levels. It is important to prepare for potential drought-related well problems so you are not caught off-guard. Shallow wells (less than 100 feet) are most at risk especially during the middle of summer (June-August) when groundwater levels are at their lowest. The area south of Williams and around Arbuckle are at higher risk, with some groundwater levels more than 100’ below ground surface. Click on the link below to download our Drought Preparedness Flyer which describes some actions you should take now, and provides local resources for assistance. Click here to download the DROUGHT PREPAREDNESS FLYER.

Household Water Tank Program: 
If your domestic well has gone dry due to on-going drought conditions, you may be eligible for assistance. The Household Water Tank Program may provide property owners: a 2,500 water tank which is equipped with an in-line pump; any ground preparation necessary to place the tank, and, an initial delivery of 2,500 gallons of water. The property owner is responsible to connect the tank to his/her water system. Following installation, the County will deliver up to 2,500 gallons of water approximately weekly. More Information

Report Well Problems: In an effort to assess drought impacts and general groundwater conditions, the Colusa County Water Resources Department (Department of Agriculture) is compiling information on well problems county-wide. This information will help in our ongoing efforts to gain a better understanding of the local groundwater system. We are gathering information on all well types (domestic, irrigation, other) and all well issues, whether drought-related or mechanical.  If you are experiencing issues with your well (ag, domestic or other), please fill out the Well Reporting Form by clicking on the link below and filling out as much information on the form as you can. Specific well locations will not be made public. We appreciate your participation. Well Reporting Form