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East Porterville Water Supply Project

Outstanding Utility Accounts Must be Opened Immediately

The final deadline to sign up for a free connection to the City of Porterville’s municipal water system passed on March 31, 2017. Approximately 339 homes were eligible to sign up in the project’s first phase which started in late 2016 and ended on March 31, 2017. An additional 758 homes are eligible in the second and final phase which will start in the summer of 2017. There are about 64 homeowners who have completed the first two steps but not the final step of opening a utility account. They are encouraged to do so immediately; otherwise they risk not being connected. The East Porterville Water Supply Project expands the City of Porterville’s water distribution system into East Porterville by laying new distribution lines to which East Porterville homes can connect.


These numbers were updated May 15, 2017.

Phase 1
  • 339 homes were eligible for water service connection in Phase 1 that began towards the end of 2016.
  • 315 Phase 1 homes have been connected to City of Porterville water system and are receiving water.
Phase 2
  • 758 homes were eligible to be connected in Phase 2 of the project beginning in summer 2017.
  • 485 Phase 2 homeowners have agreed to the project on the Consent Form.
  • 453 Phase 2 homeowners have signed their ESA.
  • 389 of eligible Phase 2 homeowners have completed all three steps of the sign-up process.
  • 64 Phase 2 homeowners are yet to open their utility accounts in order to complete the sign up process. They must complete this last step immediately.


The unincorporated community of East Porterville, in the heart of Tulare County, is considered “ground zero” of the drought. Hundreds of households lost access to clean, running water as a result of dry wells during the historic drought, which began in 2012. The community continues to face deteriorating water quality from increasing nitrate contamination in drying wells.

The State of California has been delivering bottled drinking water and temporary water tanks at a cost of $650,000 per month. In an effort to provide a more permanent, safe, and reliable solution, state agencies have been working with local officials and non-governmental.


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