Dried-out and sputtering residential wells are prompting officials in Butte County to declare an official water emergency.
The designation, if approved by the Board of Supervisors next week, would make the county eligible for potential emergency funding. And starting Tuesday, July 28, a free Chico filling station will open at Locust and 20th streets.
Casey Hatcher is a spokeswoman for Butte County.
“We want to make sure people have water for everyday household functions,” she said.