To: Well Drillers, Plumbers and Other Interested Parties From: Jerry Sipe
RE: Problems Due to Drought
Environmental Health is seeing a significant increase in the number of new water well permit
applications processed this summer. In the first 7 months of this year, we have almost reached the number of new well permits issued each of the past two years. I suspect a few of these are needed to replace bad wells, especially if those wells were marginal producers in the past, but our records indicate they are usually being drilled as a supplemental supply or to replace underground spring or surface water losses.
To better understand the impacts of the drought, Environmental Health needs help documenting if water wells are experiencing problems in Plumas County. We hope to identify areas or communities that may be experiencing problems and help ensure technical or financial assistance is available to homeowners or water systems that may need it. We understand the sensitive nature of individual well information and will not release any individual surveys or information. However, getting accurate, first-hand information, is the only way we'll be able to help.