The California Department of Public Health announced Tuesday it would offer assistance to three area foothill water districts at risk of running out of water -- two at Shaver Lake and one at Bass Lake.
The two small districts in Shaver Lake are the Shaver Lake Heights Mutual Water District and the Sierra Cedars Community District. The Bass Lake Water Co. is the third.
State health leaders will provide the districts financial assistance and help them find other water systems that might be able to provide water.
The public health department also will assist the districts in setting up conservation measures, such as water rationing, banning outside watering or even technical advice in drilling a new well.
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The three districts are among 17 statewide that might run out of water in California's drought, the state said. Public health leaders said the announcement this week follows Gov. Jerry Brown's declaration of a drought emergency.