Assemblymember Salas Brings Critical Investment for Clean & Safe Drinking Water in Corcoran

Investment secured in the 2021-2022 state budget will fund the construction of a new water well

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CORCORAN, CA – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) joined local community leaders to present a check representing the $1.5 million dollars secured in the 2021-2022 state budget to construct a new water well in the City of Corcoran, which will provide residents with clean and safe drinking water.

 

“Access to clean water is key to life here in the Valley,” said Assemblymember Salas. “Corcoran families should never have to worry about the safety of their drinking water. Clean water is a human right, not a privilege. With the construction of a new water well, we are making long-term investments that will provide the community with a safe source of drinking water for decades to come.”

 

This allocation of $1.5 million will fund a new water well to provide much needed safe drinking water to the community. Groundwater is the sole source of water supply for the Corcoran Water System, which currently has a majority of wells at risk of drying out and with a high concentration of nitrate. In addition to this investment, the 2021-2022 state budget included $1.46 billion for clean drinking water projects, $663 million for small community drought relief and sustainable groundwater projects, and $100 million for water conveyance.

 

“The City of Corcoran thanks Assembly Member Salas for championing state funding for a new city water well that will serve to support clean drinking water for our residents," said Corcoran Mayor, Pat Nolen.

 

According to a 2019 report from the City of Corcoran, contaminants may be present in source water including microbial contaminants, inorganic contaminants, pesticides and herbicides, organic chemical contaminants, and even radioactive contaminants. The City takes all water from its wells and treats these contaminants at a central water treatment plant.

 

"It continues to be a privilege to be on the Corcoran team with Assemblyman Salas," stated Chuck Jelloian, the CrisCom Company's CEO. "As a baseball guy, this was a home run for our community, and we are grateful for the hard work put into this project by Rudy and his team.”

 

The new water well will help distribute more safe drinking water to thousands of residents throughout the community.