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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 at (559) 651-1000.
  • 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 at (559) 559-651-1000.

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 – English

Application Packet – Spanish

Please return the documents via:

Mail:                   or
Self-Help Enterprises
Attn: Water Well Applications
PO Box 6520
Visalia, CA 93290

In Person:            or
Self-Help Enterprises
Attn: Water Well Applications
8445 W. Elowin Court
Visalia, CA 93291

Email:
Self-Help Enterprises
yulianab@selfhelpenterprises.org

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 celliott@rcac.org 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

 Document for Contractors You Contact for Estimates

 

Other Services

  • 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

PG&E

Southern California Edison

Southern California Gas Company

“When my well went dry a few years ago, there were many times I wanted to give up. I want to express my sincere gratitude for assisting my children and I with our new water well. Words cannot express how much this will impact our lives.”

~ Irma Vargas, Madera County resident

 

FAQ

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.

 Interest Form

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.

Interest Form

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