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Dry California Town Soon To Have Running Water Return

Scott Smith / AP

In this Monday, Sept. 15, 2014 photo, Elva Beltran, director of the Porterville Area Coordinating Council, is shown in the charity’s warehouse filled with donated water in Porterville, Calif.

Scott Smith / AP

(AP) - Officials say families in a poor community where hundreds of wells dried up during California's record drought will soon have clean water again flowing into their homes.

State water officials on Wednesday revealed plans to spend $10 million in the Tulare County's East Porterville. Officials will connect the residents to a neighboring city's water system.

East Porterville drew wide attention when residents were forced to drink bottled water and install large tanks for washing, or use portable showers at a church parking lot.

Resident Tomas Garcia says hope is returning to his neighborhood.

He says that in America today water is a right for everybody, not just the wealthy.

Officials say they plan to have 500 homes connected by the end of the year.