State still hasn’t fixed Porterville drinking water crisis from the last drought. Will residents go dry again?

June 30, 2021
Jesse Vad, SJV Water reporting intern
by Jesse Vad, SJV Water reporting intern
Guillermina Andrade (left) and Vicente Tapia fill five 55-gallon barrels twice a week from a water depot outside the Porterville, California, fire station in this 2015 photo. Their well, along with hundreds of others, went dry in 2014 during California's last drought. COURTESTY of Circle of Blue
Jesse Vad, SJV Water reporting intern
Jesse Vad, SJV Water reporting intern

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The epicenter of dry wells during California’s last devastating drought was undoubtedly Porterville. The small Tulare County town saw wells go dry enmasse in its unincorporated east side. It became a national headline as the media descended.

Amid the glare of tv cameras, the state pledged to help and agreed to build three new wells.

Five years have gone by, the state is in the grip of another drought and Porterville is walking a tightrope

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