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
|Lake of the Woods MWC||Frazier Park||Kern||953|
River Highlands Community Services
|Washington Ridge Conservation Camp||Nevada City||Nevada||100|
|Whispering Pines Apartments||Mid-Pines||Mariposa||55|
The drought can be blamed for a number of problems and the latest is a major decline in the duck population. A new survey shows lack of rain has led to poor habitats.
UPDATED: 6:45 p.m. - Containment has grown to 29 percent, and acreage burned to 17,622. Crews on the Washington Fire, three miles south of Markleeville, took advantage of light winds to increase containment.
California water regulators are again ordering some water rights holders to stop diverting water from rivers because of the drought. The order includes some rights for the city of San Francisco.
CAL FIRE increases staffing as the forecast of dry lightning and thunderstorms raises wildfire risk in northern California and western Nevada.
The Washington Fire has burned within about three miles of the small town of Markleeville in Alpine County. But crews have made protecting the community a priority.