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NAPA, CA— The County of Napa has announced a new web page with resource information for landowners who need support with wells that are experiencing production problems. Frequently Asked Questions, links to resources, and a site to report dry wells to the State Department of Water Resources (DWR) may be found on Napa County's Ground Water stability pages.
If your water pressure is very low, or if the water has an odd taste, color, or grit, your well may have production problems. However, it may not be due to a declining water table. Water production can result from a number of different factors, such as a pump that needs repair, clogged screens, faulty valves, or broken pipes.
The Board of Supervisors declared a Local Emergency due to severe drought conditions on June 8, 2021. The Governor declared a drought emergency for 41 counties including Napa on May 10, 2021. The emergency is the result of two consecutive years of lower than average rainfall. There have been 5 reports to DWR of dry wells in Napa County since April 2020.
The County web page offers suggestions on what to look for and provides contact information for staff who can assist. It also includes a link to DWR’s website that provides lists of well drillers, temporary water sources, and financial aid.
Chair Alfredo Pedroza said: “As the drought emergency deepens, it is important for all owners to practice careful water conservation and well maintenance to ensure a dependable water supply.”
“Access to ground water is critical to our rural residents and farmers. If your well is going dry and running low on water, assistance is available,” said Ryan Gregory, Napa County District 2 Supervisor.