Drought - Assistance Programs

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Programs available to businesses and residents impacted by the drought emergency 

Orland Area Drought Community Meeting October 14, 2021

This community meeting introduced the new drought assistance programs below. Please see press release.

Please refer to the attached presentation from the Community Meeting for information on the drought assistance programs.

All drought assistance programs are for Glenn County residents who have water insecurities due to well water issues (dry well etc.) and have filed a Well Incident Report. 

  • City of Orland Water System Connections Program - The City of Orland was awarded a grant from Department of Water Resources (DWR) to assist with connecting additional residents to the city water system. This program is currently under development. 
    • Survey of Interest - Are you interested in the possibility of connecting to the City of Orland Water System? Please complete this Online Survey or scan the QR code with a mobile phone to access the survey:


  • Drinking Water Delivery and Water Tank Programs  - Glenn County has partnered with North Valley Community Foundation on a grant from DWR for urgent drinking water needs. This program has two parts, a bottled drinking water delivery service and a water tank program with delivery of non-potable water.
    • For more information on this program refer to the contract form or contact NVCF at 530-230-4153.
    • To sign up for this program, please complete the program contract forms and submit to NVCF


  • Shower Voucher Program - Glenn County is offering a shower voucher program that will provide up to two showers per person per week at the Pilot Travel Center in Orland. This program is available to residents with a Well Incident Report. Vouchers available upon request and as supplies allow. Please contact the Glenn County Administrative Office to access this program: 530-934-6012

Bottled Water Distribution Event:

Dates: October 20, 2021, 4 to 6 p.m. at Orland Fire Department 810 5th St, Orland, CA 95963, in the rear parking lot/garage bays

This is the last scheduled bottled water distribution event. If you require continued assistance, please sign up for one of the drought assistance programs listed above.


  • Must be a resident of Glenn County.
  • Resident must document that they have a well that has gone dry due to drought. Residents with running water to their house, such as provided by a community water district or a city, are NOT eligible.
  • Residents must complete a Glenn County Well Incident report. If you have not yet submitted a report, staff will be at the event to assist you with completing the report.
  • Case limit based product size, type, and supply.

*Events are based on supply.

Please do not arrive early to these events. Staff are not onsite prior to start time.

Please do not bring donations to the water distribution sites. We understand our community wants to help; however, we are unable to accept individual donations at this time. Although we appreciate the donations of goods and supplies, it is very difficult to manage and distribute.

See Press Release October 1, 2021

Bottled water distribution 10-20-21 at 4 p.m. at Orland Fire


RCAC Water Well Loan Program

Please note that the RCAC program (below) is currently the only program in place to assist individual home owners with permanent well solutions.

Agricultural Assistance Programs


  • The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services
    • The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers and non-industrial forest managers to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits such as improved water and air quality, conserved ground and surface water, increased soil health and reduced soil erosion and sedimentation, improved or created wildlife habitat, and mitigation against drought and increasing weather volatility.
    • USDA Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) 


Other State Drought Programs

  • Department of Water Resources (DWR) Drought Funding
    • DWR has received funding under the California 2021 budget for Drought Assistance. Most programs are focused on community drinking water systems.
    • For more information on State Drought Funding, got to: DWR Drought Funding 


  • State Water Resources Control Board Division of Financial Assistance Drought Funding
    • The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) has funding available to assist water systems and individual households (through RCAC) to address drought-related drinking water emergencies.
    • For more information on available programs, go to DWDroughtfund


This page will be updated as programs to assist residents and businesses impacted by the 2021 Drought become available. 

*Last updated October 18, 2021