Valley Drought 2014: Wells Dry Up Leaving Homes With No Water
PORTERVILLE, Calif. (KMPH) — Mimi Elkalla ReportingMany Tulare County homes are left without any water as a result of the shallow rivers and dry water wells.Mimi Elkalla has more from those in Porterville who are now affected by the problem.Because of California's serious drought, almost every single one of the homes and businesses on East Date Avenue are left without any water. The wells have dried up and people are really hoping for a solution.Homeowner Elizabeth Baker said, "We can't shower, we're wearing dirty clothes, my kids had to wear dirty clothes to school this morning."Imagine a life without water. "This last two months though, we've had hardly no water at all, said baker.That's life for Elizabeth Baker, her family, and the nearly 300 people in East Porterville. "The cooler is not working with no pump, so it's hot, they're miserable, it's hard," said Baker.Elizabeth and her family live on success drive, one of the areas that has been drying up for months after low rainfall totals left their wells dry. "I had to go across the street last night to get water for my kids from the fire department," said Baker.The only problem is, that water is non-potable, meaning her family can't drink it. "I feel like a bad mom, and it's not even my fault," said Baker.Many people have been relying on the 5,000 gallon tank of non-potable water since the Tulare County first set it up in front of this fire station about two weeks ago.The Tulare County office of emergency services stepped in to help.Andrew Lockman, manager of Tulare County OES said, "We received direction early last week from county administration to come out and conduct an emergency operation; we distributed 15,552 gallons of drinking water to the community At this time it is all presumptively funded under the county's general fund."Now some residents are taking matters into their own hands.Volunteer Donna Johnson has been delivering cases of water to those in need for months now. "It just kind of became a job, it was just like, I'm delivering water and I guess my head just went - I got to get up and do this," said Johnson.She took out a loan to pay for all of the water. "I'm grateful; it just makes me grateful that they're getting this water. But sometimes I go home and I cry, because some of the situations are so sad right now," said Johnson.As for Elizabeth, she says her family is left with only one option "We're actually looking for a place to go, move now. This isn't a good situation, not for me but for my kids."Please remember to conserve water.
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