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Lawmakers pass drought bill to help homeowners drill deeper wells

Well driller Frank Rodriguez checks a soil sample with a screen on a pole to see what is coming out of the new water well drilled in Kingsburg in 2015. The drought left many Valley residents with dry wells.
Well driller Frank Rodriguez checks a soil sample with a screen on a pole to see what is coming out of the new water well drilled in Kingsburg in 2015. The drought left many Valley residents with dry wells. THE FRESNO BEE

A drought relief bill providing $15 million in loans and grants to homeowners to deepen dry wells passed the Assembly unanimously, Assemblyman Devon Mathis, R-Visalia, said Tuesday.

The bill, AB 1588 authored by Mathis, is on its way to the governor’s desk. The bill also provide loans and grants for water treatment systems for contaminated wells, and for connecting to a municipal water system.

Mathis said he introduced the bill to help East Porterville residents where wells went dry in the drought.

Lewis Griswold: 559-441-6104, @fb_LewGriswold

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