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Drought 2014

Drought 2014
Office of Environmental Health and Engineering (OEHE)

With the release of the emergency drought declaration by the state of California, the Indian Health Service/California

Area Office (IHS/CAO) is concerned that tribal community water systems could be impacted by one of the driest winters on record in California.  Precipitation in January across the Northern Sierra -- a region crucial to statewide water supplies -- was just 20 percent of average.

Division of Sanitation Facilities Construction

The IHS/CAO, OEH&E, has taken a proactive approach to plan for drought conditions and possible impacts to Indian community water systems.  The OEH&E, Division of Sanitation Facilities Construction is:

  • Conducting an inventory of all tribal community water systems to determine drought impacts
  • Identifying systems that are considered at higher risk of drought impacts
  • Communicating with tribal governments and tribal utility operators
  • Offering assistance to develop a drought contingency plan
Division of Environmental Health Services

The OEH&E, Division of Environmental Health Services (DEHS) has prepared and distributed water conservation literature and has taken a special interest in tribal facilities such as head starts, day care centers, senior centers, and food service operations, to ensure minimal impact from the drought.   The DEHS is prepared to provide immediate technical assistance to these facilities in the event their community water supplies are impacted. 

Color map of California
Source: National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska
General drought facts/information:

Map of Drought Locations in California Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov University of Nebraska
Saving our Water Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov Save our Water
California Water Fact Sheet (EPA) Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov (PDF) Environmental Protection Agency

Drought contingency planning tools/resources:

NEW California Drought Vulnerability - Risk Assessment Form (XLS)
Drought Assessment Form for Tribal Drinking Water Systems (PDF)
Map of California Tribal Water Systems at Highest Risk Due to Drought Conditions (PDF)
Drought Contingency Plan TEMPLATE (DOCX)
List of local Office of Emergency Services by County Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov  State of California, Offices of Emergency Services
Free California Drinking Water Workshops Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov  (PDF) Rural Community Assistance Corporation
Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants (USDA) Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov  (PDF) US Department of Agriculture
US Bureau of Reclamation Water Shortage Contingency/Drought Planning Handbook Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov  (PDF) US Bureau of Reclamation
List of California licensed water haulers Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov  (PDF) State of California, Department of Public Health

Public health tools/resources:

Emergency Preparedness - Hospital Water Disruption Best Practices Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov California Hospital Association
When Every Drop Counts:  Protecting Public Health During Drought Conditions Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov (PDF) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  
Public Health and Drought  Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov (PDF) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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