Drilling for new water wells. That's what the City of Sacramento wants to do. City officials are working on creating a master plan for groundwater use and storage.
Over the last three years, the city has spent $8 million to rehabilitate existing water wells and would like to drill more.
Dan Sherry is with the Department of Utilities. He says the plan would identify the best places to drill.
"We're bringing on a consultant to help us evaluate our potential groundwater well locations as part of our overall groundwater master plan," says Sherry.
Tuesday, the Department of Utilities will ask Sacramento City Council members for $420,000 to pay for the consultant and create a plan.
During the current drought, the city has increased groundwater production to 30 million gallons a day. That could increase to 40 million gallons if the city adds eight new wells within the next decade.