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July 29, 2014

Feds put up $100,000 to help residents replace wells

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The federal government is sending the drought-plagued San Joaquin Valley a little more money to help people who have no water because their private wells have gone dry. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture put up $100,000, which of Visalia is providing for people as low-interest loans, according to Susan Atkins, program director for housing rehabilitation at the nonprofit organization.

The federal government is sending the drought-plagued San Joaquin Valley a little more money to help people who have no water because their private wells have gone dry.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture put up $100,000, which Self-Help Enterprises of Visalia is providing for people as low-interest loans, according to Susan Atkins, program director for housing rehabilitation at the nonprofit organization.

Self-Help, established in 1965, works with low-income residents on housing, sewer and water services. The organization has a waiting list for the USDA money, Atkins said.

"We have 18 to 20 people who need help," she said. "We can provide up to $11,000 at 1% interest for 20 years."

Many private well owners have been falling through the bureaucratic cracks in the government's emergency safety net this summer. They must have a limited income to qualify for the loans, and many simply do not fit the criteria.

For information, call Self-Help Enterprises, (559) 651-1000.

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Mark Grossi has the pulse of the San Joaquin Valley ecosystem, writing since 1993 about subjects such as the region's notorious air quality, the restoration of the San Joaquin River and unhealthy drinking water in rural towns. Twitter: @markgrossi Email Mark at mgrossi@fresnobee.com or call him at 559-441-6316.

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