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Officials: 10 Communities At Risk Of Running Out Of Water In 60 Days

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio
 

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

The number of communities at risk of running out of water is a moving target.

Originally 17 were on the list, but some found alternative water sources. Others, like the City of Willits in Mendocino County are still dealing with dangerously low water levels in their reservoir. In a briefing with state lawmakers, City Manager Adrienne Moore says Willits has a plan to tap into groundwater wells, but a state grant only goes so far.

“That is our challenge today is not having enough funding to cover the cost of this project,” says Moore.

Brandon Merritt with Mendocino County says the water shortage in the county is dire and some people are scared.

“The most recent rains helped out a lot but as I tell people, it basically just helped our county avert outright catastrophe and bought us some more time,” says Moore.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s drought declaration requires the Department to identify and help rural drinking water systems at risk of running out of water.


The Department of Public Health says the following communities are at risk:

System Name:  City Name:  County: Population: 
City of Willits Willits Mendocino  8,062
Redwood Valley County Water District          Redwood  Valley Mendocino 3,969
Brooktrail Township Community
Services District
Willits Mendocino 3,800
Lake of the  Woods MWC Frazier Park Kern 953
West Goshen Goshen Tulare 300
River Highlands Community Services
District
Smartsville Yuba 200
Washington Ridge Conservation Camp Nevada City Nevada 100
Camp Candor Taft Kern 75
Whispering Pines Apartments Mid-Pines Mariposa  55
Ophir Gardens Auburn Placer 45

 

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