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Where does Kern County get its water from?

Where does Kern County get its water from?

While most rural residents in Kern County rely exclusively on groundwater, metropolitan Bakersfield residents can receive water not only from the SWP but also the Kern River and groundwater.

Where does Bakersfield California get its water?

Kern River
Bakersfield gets their water from two major resources: the Kern River and groundwater.

How much does it cost to drill a well in Kern County?

Well Drilling Kern County Costs As our numbers show in 2021 average cost that homeowners paid for well pump repair in Kern county is between $204.00 and $1,660.00.

Who owns the water in Kern County?

With the bank in hand, the Kern County Water Agency signed a joint powers agreement in 1995 with four other local water districts and one private water company. The agreement divided up the ownership of the water bank, with the largest share, about 48%, going to Westside Mutual Water, a subsidiary of Paramount Farming.

How clean is Bakersfield water?

Bakersfield’s drinking water tested positive for low levels of Dibromochloropropane, 1,2-Dichloroethylene, 1,2-Dichloropropane, Tetrachloroethylene, and Trichloroethylene.

Is Kern River clean?

The Kern River is approximately 165 miles long. It drains an area of the southern Sierra Nevada mountains northeast of Bakersfield. We all have a great concern for the Kern River, and its future viability as a safe and clean water way.

How deep should a well be for drinking water?

The quality of your water depends on several factors including geology and water levels. In order to allow for maximum ground filtration to remove impurities, your well depth should be at least 100 feet. As a general rule, the deeper you drill, it’s more likely that there will be minerals present.

Does California have a water court?

In most areas of California, overlying land owners may extract percolating ground water and put it to beneficial use without approval from the State Board or a court. California does not have a permit process for regulation of ground water use.

How bad is Bakersfield water?

The most recent Bakersfield water quality report reported an average arsenic concentration at non-detectable amounts while some taps reached as high as 16 parts per billion.

Is the water in Bakersfield safe to drink?

No, tap water is not drinkable. Tap Safe includes data from many publicly available sources, including the WHO (World Health Organization), CDC (Center for Disease Control), and user submitted databases, but unfortunately there’s not enough data about Bakersfield.

Is it safe to swim in the Kern River?

Swimming: It is NOT a good idea to swim in the Kern River in 2017 as snow pack further north is still melting, causing the currents to be far more rapid than previous years. Please read up on River Safety! Always respect the water and never underestimate the river currents.