Butte County Announces Drought Relief Program – Chico Enterprise-Record

CHICO — Butte County on Wednesday announced a new program that is expected to provide up to 5,000 gallons of water per household in phase one to residents with storage tanks.

In the second phase, the county will begin providing temporary storage tanks to those who do not already have one, according to a press release issued by the county on Wednesday.

The program is led by the Butte County Office of Emergency Management and aims to provide access to water for people dealing with water insecurity.

Services provided through the program are free to those who qualify.

Those interested in applying can do so by visiting arcg.is/0qn5rO0.

In addition to standard information such as name and address, the application asks for the status of land ownership such as tenant, landlord or owner, as well as the number of people in the household and what water problem is being faced.

Mentioned problems are dry pit, reduced water pressure, intermittent water pressure and pump air, muddy water or sand.

Residents can also access the application by calling the Butte County Office of Emergency Management at 552-3333, a number potential applicants can use for more information, or by visiting the office itself at 25 County Center Drive, Suite 213 in Oroville .

According to the California Department of Water Resources, the latest drought conditions show that more than half of Butte County, especially the western half, has entered extreme drought. Almost all of Glenn County is considered an extreme drought.

DWR’s definition of extreme drought is as follows:

  • The cattle need an expensive supplementary feed.
  • Livestock are sold.
  • Fruit trees bloom early.
  • The fire season is starting to last all year round and fire bans are being introduced.
  • There is not enough water for the needs of agriculture, urban areas and wildlife.
  • Hydropower is limited.
  • Farmers should start irrigating in winter.

Some parts of California, such as Fresno, have entered an exceptional drought, a level above extreme.

Conditions at the lake

Lake Oroville has seen some lower levels in recent weeks, in no small part due to lack of rainfall and severe drought.

The California Department of Water Resources has released an update on the lake’s conditions and monitoring.

According to the update, the lake was reportedly at just 52 percent of its total capacity on June 16 and 67 percent of its historic average.

At 1 p.m. Thursday, the lake’s water level stood at 761.54 feet.

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