Governor Brown orders help for dry wells

Sep 19, 2014 5:17 PM by News Staff

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has directed key state agencies to help residents whose wells have gone dry during California's ongoing drought.

The governor signed an executive order Friday that provides money to buy water for residents. It also directs officials to work with counties and local agencies to find solutions for the shortages.

California is in the grips of its third dry year, and in January the governor declared a drought emergency.

Brown's order, additionally, extends the state's prohibition on price gouging during an emergency.

On Tuesday, Brown signed legislation overhauling the state's management of its groundwater supply, bringing it in line with other states that have long regulated wells.

Officials in the Central Valley's Tulare County estimate that more than 400 domestic wells have gone dry, but nobody officially has kept tally.

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