Southern California’s autumn months are getting hotter and the region has had less rain in recent years, prompting many meteorologists to predict another drought for the state. This weather pattern, however, is in contrast to Northern California, which received a record amount of rainfall last year, effectively ending the state’s five-year drought.
Pima and Cochise County, Ariz. — Private well owners in specific counties, including Pima and Cochise, are eligible to participate in Rural Community Assistance Corporation’s (RCAC) Individual Well Program, which provides free private well assessments for those not regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act.
Even with record rainfall recently in California, the ground beneath the Friant-Kern Canal continues to sink—a result of groundwater depletion from years of drought. This phenomenon, called land subsidence, is a significant problem for drought-affected areas like the San Joaquin Valley, and it has caused problems for farmers and others who rely on water from the canal for irrigation.
More than 44 million Americans get their water from private domestic wells, most of which are unregulated. Of those, a new study says that about two million people could be exposed to high levels of naturally occurring arsenic in their water.
Fortunately none of the Napa and Sonoma Counties ravaged by wildfires during October are without drinking water. However, water regulators say that treating drinking water may be a challenge as they work to mitigate ash and erosion around reservoirs.