Groundwater Management Plan
In the late 1800's, development of the Delano-Earlimart area began with a water supply originating from numerous artesian wells. However, by the 1930's groundwater supplies were quickly diminishing to levels that threatened the area's continued economic viability. In July, 1950 the Bureau issued a report that verified the endangered water supply conditions of the Delano-Earlimart area, the "Delano Cone".
With the introduction of a surface water supply from the Friant Project in 1951, groundwater conditions have improved dramatically. Considering that this area once had the largest groundwater overdraft in the San Joaquin Valley, it is quite an accomplishment. However, the 1987 - 1993 drought took its toll as District growers were forced to rely on groundwater. With plentiful rainfall in 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998, some replenishment of the groundwater reservoir has occurred, but not all of the losses have been recovered.
The District has a current groundwater management plan. The plan is compliant with the requirements of AB3030 and is reviewed and updated on an as-needed basis.