Water level in wells low for Chico residents

Aug 30, 2014 7:52 PM by Vanessa Vasconcelos

The worst drought in decades has pushed state lawmakers to overhaul California's longstanding "pump as you please, groundwater policy. Three bills are heading to Governor Brown's desk that call for local governments to set plans to regulate groundwater usage. The state would be able to intervene if necessary.
Drought concerns are closer than we think. For the Craig family, those concerns are right in their backyard. Susan Craig has lived in Chico using well water for more than a decade. She says these conditions are the worst she's ever seen. The muddy water in her pool shows us exactly what the well is pumping into her home.
When she first moved into her home, having her own well water seemed appealing. She's now hoping rain falls soon because if the drought continues, her well will run dry.
That's not the problem for the entire street. Susan's home sits on an old county road. Because of a new subdivision put in years ago, one side of the street can hook up to city water. For her side, it's not that easy. If Susan's family wants to go to city water, they have to pay $15,000 out of pocket, something they hope is only a last resort.
The City of Chico has no authority on water regulations for residents living on well water. Aid is to be decided through Cal Water.


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