A year has passed since the first family in East Porterville received water provided by the new distribution system connected to the City of Porterville’s water supply. Since August 19, 2016, a total of 321 homes are receiving water from the system and an additional 446 homes are expected to be connected by the end of 2017.
Hundreds of households in East Porterville lost access to clean, running water as a result of dry wells during the recent 2012-2016 drought. Along with the State Water Resources Control Board and Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, we partnered with the City of Porterville, other Tulare County agencies, and local nongovernmental organizations to deliver a permanent solution to East Porterville’s water woes.
“This project has been a huge success,” said Steve Doe, DWR project manager. “We’re pleased to see that by the end of the year, more than 750 families will have a permanent solution to the current water crisis, as well as the next.”