Drought Effects Status Updates

938 Reported Private Well Failures (increase of 27 from previous report) as of February 17, 2015

  • As of February 17, 2015, the Bottled Drinking Water Program has approved 515 qualified households (an increase of 13 new clients from previous report)
  • Tulare County's Health and Human Services Agency has identified 324 clientele that have been affected by the drought (an increase of 9 from previous report), with 12 applications pending
  • As of February 12, 2015, Tulare County's Environmental Health has approved over 2,172 drilling permits for wells (increase of 58 from previous report, corrected)
  • The Workforce Investment Board reports that 272 employees have been laid off or have had their work hours reduced due to drought since March, 2014 (increase of 3 from previous report)
  • 2-1-1, through the United Way of Tulare County, has received 539 drought related calls requesting referrals for assistance (increase of 47 from previous report)
  • As of February 15, 2015, FoodLink has distributed 100,053 drought related food relief packages (increase of 2,534 from previous report)