Glenn County Supervisors declare local drought emergency

A local county and city declared a drought emergency as the county is seeing at least 40 dry wells.

Posted: Jun 8, 2021 3:36 PM

GLENN COUNTY, Calif. - Glenn County Supervisors have declared a local drought emergency as the county looks into funding options for homeowners experiencing a water shortage.

Supervisor Grant Carmon said there are at least 40 dry wells in the county and it's putting a strain on farmers who depend on wells to hydrate their animals, water their crops or do everyday routines.

With this local emergency in place, supervisors are hoping to create a resource for people to get portable tanks or delivery services.

"Also look into the options of being able to provide grants for people to drill a new well,” Carmon said. “From what we're hearing it’s anywhere from $30,000 to $40,000 right now to have a new domestic well done."

"I think they're on the right track trying to get ahead of this before it becomes an issue,” said Robert Thompson, who lives in Orland.

This is all part of an ad-hoc committee called the "drought task force."

Supervisors Carmon and Tom Arnold are members and will hold their first meeting this Thursday.

In that meeting, they will meet with several reps from irrigation districts as well as the DWR.

RELATED: Dozens of Orland wells have already dried up

Monday night the Orland City Council met to consider issuing its own drought emergency proclamation.

The council declared a local state of emergency for the City of Orland and it will be in effect July 1.

A Glenn County farmer said having a dry well has been stressful

He has a reservoir tank that holds his water and a truck then has to come by his place twice a month to fill it back up.

That means spending more money than he usually does on water.

He does everything he can to save a penny.

"We try to make our showers as quickly as possible,” said Thompson. “The plants are going to suffer the most. cause we haven't been watering them. Hopefully, they come back next year as we get more rain."

Thompson also has to save enough water to keep his animals alive and he is scared that if there is not enough water then jobs could potentially be lost in the county.

To get more information about the city’s local regulations during a shortage, click here.

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