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Comment 377 for Draft 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan (scopingplan2022) - Non-Reg.

First NameTom
Last NameKrazan
Email AddressCADWRA.org@gmail.com
Affiliationwww.CADWRA.org
SubjectAffordable Drinking Water for Rural Areas
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We are losing the ability to drill affordable domestic water wells. A combination of inflation and mixed bureaucratic requirements has already priced many vulnerable families out of replacement water wells. Now, it is becoming problematic even for an average-income family. The water well industry needs your help in reducing multi-agency dysfunctional requirements which are artificially restricting access to drinking water.

No matter which side of the fence you are on, there is no denying that the weather is changing and that carbon neutrality is important.

But just as important is the massive impact the changing weather has had on increasing drought conditions which are placing many families in crisis. As water taps run dry, low-income people of color continue to be disproportionately impacted, forcing some to collect water in buckets for drinking and cooking which is a slap in the face to environmental justice. But this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Do you know, that, only a C57 Contractor is allowed to drill for water?

And there are only a handful of C57 Contractors in the entire State.

A human can only live a few minutes without air. But, it is also a fact that a person can only live about three days without water. Both have great importance to human life and dignity, but the reality is that water scarcity or the lack of access to affordable drinking water is increasing much faster than the scarcity of air.

About 60% of Californians depend on groundwater for their water source. To provide for this precious service, the C57 Contractor relies exclusively on diesel trucks and the high horsepower these vehicles produce to drill water wells. There are absolutely no power substitutes for drilling in rural areas. Diesel motors are the only option.

For example, to drill just one domestic well using household electrical power would require connecting 34 homes to match the horsepower of just one diesel drill rig. Then there is the issue that during the extreme summer heat, California’s electrical grid frequently lacks capacity and dependability. This is the same time of the year when the C57 Contractor receives the most number of water well service calls.

 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, water well drilling and pump repair companies were considered essential industries.

However, now CARB and the Governor are dead set on eliminating all heavy diesel trucks in the very near future without regard to the need for water which is causing unavoidable instability in the industry. They have already eliminated small gasoline engines that are needed for transfer pumps (and generators) when drilling a water well. Next, diesel engines will soon be gone and so will the ability to drill affordable domestic water wells.

Being out of water is stressful. Water well drilling of domestic wells and pump repair need to be classified as essential emergency trades.

California is only responsible for less than 1% of all the greenhouse gases emitted globally. And that Water Well Drill Rigs are less than 0.05% of all the heavy-duty trucks in the entire State. As such, this very small number of Water Well Drilling Rigs and Pump Trucks has ZERO impact on California air quality. Being out of water is an urgent matter. Water well drilling of domestic wells and pump repair need to be classified as essential emergency services.

 


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Date and Time Comment Was Submitted 2022-06-21 17:03:48

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