Sign-Up for Phase 2 Closes March 31
The final deadline to sign up for a free connection to the City of Porterville’s municipal water system is March 31. Approximately 300 homes were eligible to sign up in the project’s first phase in 2016, and an additional 765 are eligible in the second and final phase. 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.
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These numbers were updated March 24, 2017.
- 332 homes were eligible for water service connection in Phase 1 that began towards the end of 2016.
- 304 of eligible Phase 1 homeowners have completed all three steps of the sign-up process to receive water (see process below).
- 287 Phase 1 homes have been connected to City of Porterville water system and are receiving water.
- 17 Phase 1 homes left are scheduled to be connected by March 31, 2017.
- 28 Phase 1 homeowners have either declined the offer to receive a free connection to the City of Porterville's water supply or failed to complete the sign-up process.
- 765 homes are eligible to be connected in Phase 2 of the project beginning in 2017.
- 479 Phase 2 homeowners have agreed to the project on the Consent Form.
- 405 Phase 2 homeowners have signed their ESA.
- 312 of eligible Phase 2 homeowners have completed all three steps of the sign-up process.
- 67 Phase 2 homeowners have declined the offer to receive a free connection to the City of Porterville's water supply.
- 219 Phase 2 homeowners who have not responded to the project have until March 31, 2017, to start and complete the sign up process.
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.
- Public Meeting Notice – February 22, 2017
- East Porterville Feasibility Study Public Draft
- East Porterville Water Supply Project FAQs
- How to Sign Up for Water Service in East Porterville
- Presentation from June 23 Public Meeting (PDF: 14 MB)
- Project Summary (February 2017)
- Notice of Exemption (PDF: 9 MB)
- EPPN Notice of Public Meeting on June 23, 2016
- Ted Thomas, DWR, at (916) 653-9712 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Marina Pérez (Bilingual), SWRCB, at (916) 322-4265 or email@example.com
- California Department of Water Resources
- California Office of Emergency Services
- City of Porterville
- County of Tulare
- State Water Resources Control Board
- Self-Help Enterprises
- Community Water Foundation
- Community Services Employment Training
- Porterville Area Coordinating Council
- Final Sign-Up Deadline Set for East Porterville Homeowners Who Want a Permanent Water Connection - City of Porterville Will Host March 31 Event (3/24/17)
- Final Sign-Up Deadline Set for East Porterville Homeowners Who Want a Permanent Water Connection (3/21/17)
- "East Porterville Residents Urged To Attend October 5 Meeting On Water Connection Information during 2016’s Hook-Up Push" (10/3/16)
- "East Porterville Homes Connected to Water System; Pipes Help Residents at Drought’s ‘Ground Zero'" (8/19/16)
- "First East Porterville Homes to Be Connected to Water System" (8/18/16)