Fail: Tule Basin drinking water plan kicked back for a redo

May 11, 2021
Jesse Vad, SJV Water reporting intern
by Jesse Vad, SJV Water reporting intern
The Central California Regional Water Quality Control Board designated several "management zones" in the San Joaquin Valley to address unsafe drinking water contaminated with nitrate. A free testing program begins in the zones for rural residents May 7.
Jesse Vad, SJV Water reporting intern
Jesse Vad, SJV Water reporting intern

FREE WATER TESTING

Residents can apply for well testing online or call/email for help through management zone websites.

Management zones are based on groundwater subbasins including the Turlock, Modesto, Chowchilla, Kaweah, Tule and Kings subbasins. To find out if you live within a management zone, you can enter your address into THIS INTERACTIVE MAP.

Residents of Tulock/Modesto subbasins, which generally includes western Stanislaus County, can apply HERE, call (209) 750-3867 or email: contact@valleywaterc.org

Residents of Chowchilla subbasin, which generally includes western Madera County, can apply HERE, call (559) 373-7399 or email: chowchilladrinkingwater@gmail.com

Residents of Kings subbasin, which generally includes central Fresno and eastern Kings Counties, can apply HERE, call (559) 549-674 or email: info@kingswateralliance.org

Residents of Kaweah subbasin, which generally includes northwestern Tulare County, can apply HERE, call (559) 325-4463 or email: admin@kaweahwater.org

Residents of Tule subbasin, which generally includes southwestern Tulare County, can apply HERE, call (559) 429-6970 or email: admin@TuleMZ.com

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When Sandra Chavez’ mother discovered she had stage four cancer last year, one of Sandra’s first thoughts was about their water. Her family’s private well is contaminated with nitrates and Chavez wondered if years of drinking the water could have caused her mother’s sickness.

Chavez and her family have relied on bottled water since they found out their well water was unsafe in 2015. But sometimes they don’t have enough and are forced to drink

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