As the River goes
As California finds itself entering the fourth year of a severe drought, no region has been hit as hard as the small town of Porterville. Many residents of this area find their wells, which provide their homes with water, going dry at an astounding rate. As the number of households without water climbs exponentially, the people of this community have no one to turn to for help but one another.
Local non-profits and residents are trying to help the cause by suppling homes with 50 gallon tanks and delivering water. The city has installed public showers and the fire stations have communal water stations for residents to fill their tanks with. But this is not enough, the Porterville Water Crisis needs to be declared a Disaster Zone by the State government.
By declaring the Porterville Area a Drought Disaster Zone, we can develop a plan for how to handle and prevent towns from running dry. As the drought worsens this information will be extremely important for the sustainability of California's major cities, San Fransisco and Los Angeles, which are predicted to face the effects of the drought in the immediate future.
Location: Tulare County, south eastern area of the Central Valley, 2 hours north from Los Angeles
Population: Approximately 70,000
Families living without water: Over 900
Median Household Income: $27,924
December 2013 - California is predicted to have driest year yet.
January 2014 - Sierra snow survey confirms state water managers fears that drought conditions will grow in the coming year unless the state receives significantly more rain.
January 2014 - Growers and Representatives of local water districts call on Governor Brown to declare a state emergency as the California nears its third year of drought.
January 2014 - Governor Brown declares drought emergency for California.
February 2014 - President Obama visits the Central Valley to discuss federal response to the California Drought.
April 2014 - Governor Brown issues second executive order to deal with California's drought.
May 2014 - Dam water is tapped for the first time in decades to combat California Drought.
June 2014 - Extreme wildfires cause rolling blackouts throughout California.
August 2014 - California reaches it's driest period yet.
January 2015 - Rain comes, but not enough to restore rivers and wells.
March 2015 - California has yet to recover from previous years drought impacts as it gets ready to be hit by another hot summer.
June 2015 - Health crises arise as hundreds of homes remain without water.