California drought leaves Glenn County residents without clean water or showers

GLENN COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) – The current drought isn’t just a problem for heavily populated areas. It is also hitting rural communities hard.

“I’ve been in the area for about 37 years, but on this earth 30 years,” Glenn County resident Joey Franks told FOX40.

Franks lives in the north of the county just outside of Orland. She says she will live in the area the rest of her life.

“Because my heart is invested in this place,” Franks explained.

His passion for his land cannot help the void far below.

“Recently the sprinklers stopped watering so I realized something was going on,” Franks said.

Franks is not alone.

Glenn County officials say more than 200 homes that depend on a groundwater well are out of water. Most of these residents have no access to water at all.

On Wednesday, they received help.

“So we organized a water distribution event open to residents of Glenn County who are water insecure due to the ongoing drought,” said Amy Travis, director of the County Emergency Services Department. Glenn.

Those who needed water recovered it by the workload of the Orland Fire Department.

“It’s very helpful because you don’t think about how much drinking water you use or how much water you take in at work,” said Will Brey, a resident.

The need for water goes beyond the supply of potable water. Without water, showers are no longer possible.

That’s why Glenn County invites people to go to a pilot truck stop off Interstate 5, allowing two showers per week per person.

“When needed, you find out how many people really care,” Franks said.

Franks is one of the lucky ones. Her sons helped her move around in an above ground water tank with a capacity of 2,500 gallons. The supply will last him a little over a month before needing a refill.

Those who do not have an above ground reservoir must rely on Mother Nature during the next rainy season for their water needs.

Glenn County officials told FOX40 they will soon be launching a program that will bring tanks and water to those in the county where the wells have dried up.

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