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California rushed through emergency water funding after this desert city faced a dry faucet - Floridanewstimes.com

Last updated Monday, September 6, 2021 12:23 ET , Source: NewsService

The city of Needles has endured months of not only the scorching heat, but the potential for a single well to fail. This is a potentially life-threatening risk to this Mojave Desert community of 5,000 inhabitants.

But in recent weeks, rumors have arrived that state officials will fill up with billions of dollars in surplus tax revenues and will give $ 2 million to pay for new wells that may go live later this year. rice field. City officials have eased breathing despite preparing for the high temperature of 111 degrees Celsius on this worker’s day weekend.

Needle is one of the most popular cities in the United States and one of the poorest cities in California. We faced a situation that Mayor Rick Daniels called a “life and death” situation. State officials notification city Three of the four wells did not meet state water quality standards.

Due to lack of cash, the city had no money for new wells and instead relied on a single well that barely met demand. A well broke down in late August after the electronic control panel was lifted in a power outage, and the city almost ran out of water. The city’s storage tanks have only 24 to 36 hours of water. Water technicians worked 24 hours a day and restored the pumps as the stockpile was almost exhausted.

After the Los Angeles Times wrote about the city’s dangerous situation in July, Senator Dianne Feinstein, along with state legislators, worked with state legislators to speed up the conditional approval of the city’s urgent...

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