Drought Assistance

Much of California and especially the San Joaquin Valley are facing a severe drought. If you have been impacted by the drought, below are resources that may help you respond to drought conditions.

Long-Term Solutions to Water Outages

  • Connect to a city water system: Long-term solutions such as connecting to a city water system may be eligible for funding by state and federal sources. Self-Help Enterprises works with communities and families to access such funding and facilitate the connection, where this option is viable.
  • Low-interest loans for private wells:  Fixing or replacing a private well that has failed can be expensive and complicated. Self-Help Enterprises helps qualified homeowners access low-interest loans to drill a new private well, deepen an existing private well or lower a pump in an existing well. For more information and specifics about our current loan program, please visit this page or call Self-Help Enterprises Loan Processor Julie Cabañas at (559) 802-1610.
  • Small Water Systems: Self-Help Enterprises helps qualified small water systems access low-interest loans to drill a new well, deepen an existing well or lower a pump in an existing well. For more information and specifics about our current loan program, please visit this page or call Self-Help Enterprises Loan Processor Julie Cabañas at (559) 802-1610.

We want to help families living without water as quickly as possible and evaluate families for all possible forms of assistance. In order to speed up the process, please complete and submit the application packet below.

Application Packet

Please return the documents via:

Mail:                   or
Self-Help Enterprises
Attn: Julie Cabañas
PO Box 6520
Visalia, CA 93290

In Person:            or
Self-Help Enterprises
Attn: Julie Cabañas
8445 W. Elowin Court
Visalia, CA 93291

Self-Help Enterprises
Attn: Julie Cabañas

Financing opportunities are also available by County

Additional Resources

  • Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) Water Well Loan Program: RCAC provides low-interest loans to low-income rural residents in 52 counties in the State of California not served by Self-Help Enterprises to construct, refurbish or replace their household water well system.  For more information, view the Household Water Well System Loan Program flyer and application or contact Cyndy Elliott at RCAC at or (209) 576-0430.
  • USDA Rural Development: USDA Single Family Housing Repair Loans and Grant (504 Loan or Grant) Fresno Office – (559) 276-7494 ext. 4.
  • List of well drillers and pump installers: The list below includes contact information for water well drilling and pump installer companies and contractors for homeowners that would like to work directly with a contractor to drill a new private well, deepen an existing private well or lower a pump in an existing well. Self-Help Enterprises provides this information as a public service and does not recommend any one particular contractor.

  Well Drillers/Pump Installers


Interim Solutions to Water Outages

Installation of a water tank system: Long-term solutions can sometimes take months or even years to implement, depending on cost and the complexity of the situation. Installation of a storage tank (to be replenished with hauled water) with a small pump to pressurize household plumbing and get water back in your taps may be a good solution in the meantime.

Water Tank Photo

For information regarding water tank eligibility in:

  • Tulare County: Contact United Way at 211
  • Mariposa County: Contact Mariposa County Health Department at (209) 966-2220 or (888) 777-0377
  • Kern County: Contact Amy Rutledge, Kern County Environmental Health Division at (661) 862-8776
  • Fresno County: Contact Fresno County Office of Emergency Services at (559) 600-4065

Fresno County Requirements:

1. Must be owner occupied property (provide copy of Deed)

2. Provide report from pump company stating well is dry (to ensure situation is not an electrical issue or that it cannot be resolved by lowering the pump)

3. Complete a Permanent Water Provision Plan

Permanent Water Provision Plan – English

Permanent Water Provision Plan – Spanish

Submit all documents to Fresno County Office of Emergency Services.

  • Merced County: Visit Merced County’s Emergency Water Distribution Application to complete an application and upload the required documents.
  • Stanislaus County: Contact the Stanislaus County Office of Emergency Services at (209) 552-3600 or complete an application online and email it to Stanislaus County also offers financial assistance to assist domestic/residential well owners that are experiencing dry well conditions.  Information and the application for the Emergency Domestic Water Well Financial Assistance program is available here.
  • Kings County: Contact Elena Diaz from Self-Help Enterprises at (559) 802-1618.
  • Residents in all other counties should contact their County Office of Emergency Services.

Drinking Water and Other Services

  • Delivery of bottled drinking water: Depending on where you live, bottled water delivery may be available at no cost to you.  Contact Self-Help Enterprises at (559) 651-1000 for more information.
  • Drought Housing Relocation Assistance: The Housing Authority of the County of Tulare (HATC), through a partnership with the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) and Tulare County’s Office of Emergency Services (OES), has announced the availability of the Drought Housing Relocation Assistance (DHRA) program. The program provides temporary assistance for persons moving from their Current Residence, which lacks reasonable access to Potable water resulting from the drought. Eligible tenants and homeowners that meet program guideline eligibility requirements and the ability to relocate receive a one-time moving cost allowance and rental subsidies for 12 months. Rental subsidies include assistance with security deposits; which can include the last months’ rent if required by the prospective Landlord.  All interested applicants and inquiries can contact the DHRA Program Application Hotline, at 559-627-3700, extension 142.  For information regarding this program, please visit this page.
  • Food boxes: FoodLink for Tulare County is distributing boxes of food to those who have been affected by the drought, including farmworkers, farmers, packing houses or any business that has lost income due to farmworkers not coming in as clients. For distribution dates and locations, please call FoodLink at 559-651-3663. For a list of other food banks and emergency food pantries, please visit this page.
  • Water conservation tips: During this water shortage, it’s important that everyone conserve water. For tips to conserve water indoors and outdoors, visit Save Our Water.  Pool and spa owners can learn tips to maximize water efficiency by visiting Let’s Pool Together.

California Water Service residential customers may visit this page to request a conservation kit.

  • Water efficiency rebates:  Many utility providers offer rebates for buying water efficient appliances, such as washing machines and toilets, and for following other water conservation best practices. Learn more below.

Energy Star Rebate Locator

California Water Service Company

City of Fresno

City of Madera

Merced Irrigation District

Modesto Irrigation District


Southern California Edison

Southern California Gas Company

“Without water, there’s nothing you can do. I had to give my grandson a sponge bath. The water tank Self-Help Enterprises installed at my house has helped a lot. Now I can shower, clean the house and flush the toilets.”

~ Maribel Lopez, Cameron Creek Colony resident



What is a drought?

A drought originates from a lack of precipitation over an extended period of time resulting in water shortage.

What can I do to help conserve water?

For tips to conserve water indoors and outdoors, visit Save Our Water.

Where can I find more information about the drought in California?

The most current information about the drought can be found on the State of California’s Drought site.

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If you are interested in more information or are in need of drought response resources, please complete the interest form. A Self-Help Enterprises staff member will contact you.

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