Weott water crisis continues, officials ask for state funding

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WEOTT- It’s been nearly one month since the town of Weott has been faced with a water crisis. The town has been running on a limited water source after thousands of gallons of water was stolen in July from one of their water tanks. In an effort to quickly replenish the stolen water, the pressure from one of the lines broke and caused a large amount of silt to flow into the Eel River. Last week the Board of Supervisors declared Weott in a state of emergency and on Thursday the Weott Community Services District will submit an application to the California State Department of Public Health for Prop 84 funding. They estimate they will need around $250,000 to replace a component of the system. Officials said what needs to be fixed is six hundred feet of four inch line that sits along the bank of the river. If the funds are granted, the district said they hope to have the system repaired before the rainy season.