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Cal Water Service addresses possible drought impacts in Butte County

Butte County may see mandatory cuts in water if the state decides to go that route but Cal Water said it's not expecting cuts in the county

Posted: Jun 10, 2021 5:45 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - As Glenn County wells are drying up, Cal Water Service said Butte County is not being as impacted by the drought.

Cal Water said mandatory cuts are possible if the state decides to go that route.

However, at this time the company said it's not expecting that because people have been doing such a great job at saving water since the last drought.

RELATED: Glenn County Supervisors declare local drought emergency

Cal Water Service is in charge of supplying water to Chico and parts of Oroville and Hamilton City.

Representatives said even though wells are drying up in other areas, their wells are larger and deeper and not being impacted.

"When we develop a municipal supply well we are looking for larger volumes for lots of people. We always want to make sure we can provide adequate flow supply for our firefighters. Our wells are drilled 300 to 600 feet below the ground and typical homeowners well in the valley can be from 50 feet to 100 feet," said George Barber, who is the Director of Operations for Cal Water.

Barber said private wells are not drilled as deep and could be impacted more by the drought.

RELATED: Dozens of Orland wells have already dried up

He told Action News Now that they offer some water conservation programs, tools and will be rolling out even more of them soon.

Cal Water has 55 wells in Chico including some at their office on Martin Luther King Junior Parkway in Chico.

However, they do not all run at the same time.

Cal Water officials said even if your wells are not being impacted, you should continue to conserve water.

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