Juana Garcia, 49, watches as volunteers Donna Johnson, 72, center, and Ruben Perez, 68, deliver non-potable water to barrels on her back porch in East Porterville June 4. Garcia, who suffers from lupus and arthritis, has difficulty lifting heavy objects and making the 15-minute walk with her children to a local church for showers several times a week. Residents say their existing health issues have been exacerbated by the dusty air and dry taps.
Juana Garcia, 49, watches as volunteers Donna Johnson, 72, center, and Ruben Perez, 68, deliver non-potable water to barrels on her back porch in East Porterville June 4. Garcia, who suffers from lupus and arthritis, has difficulty lifting heavy objects and making the 15-minute walk with her children to a local church for showers several times a week. Residents say their existing health issues have been exacerbated by the dusty air and dry taps. SILVIA FLORES sflores@fresnobee.com
Juana Garcia, 49, watches as volunteers Donna Johnson, 72, center, and Ruben Perez, 68, deliver non-potable water to barrels on her back porch in East Porterville June 4. Garcia, who suffers from lupus and arthritis, has difficulty lifting heavy objects and making the 15-minute walk with her children to a local church for showers several times a week. Residents say their existing health issues have been exacerbated by the dusty air and dry taps. SILVIA FLORES sflores@fresnobee.com

Editorial: State needs to step up response to water emergencies

August 01, 2015 08:54 AM