Western states, especially California, spend a lot of money funding emergency response to lost domestic groundwater supply wells. Porterville, California is an example of this tragedy. Bottled water, mobile sanitation and shower stations, temporary tanks and water deliveries generate some of these costs. The greatest cost is the daily household dysfunction created in our communities by a domestic well gone dry.
It may be better to give groundwater users the ability to see the vulnerability of their wells early so they become motivated to take action before the emergency happens. No dysfunction, cost is less, community is stronger, unreliable water resources do not become stigmatized in the community, governance has one less headache and mitigations are voted for, financed and implemented without emergency aid and with the support of the voting citizens. A real success story!
Call us and ask about the Know Your Water® and Neighborhood Water Alliance programs. Operation Unite® works in your community to reduce vulnerability to depleted groundwater resources. We build a community wide attitude that brings people together to solve problems before they ever happen.