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By Craig W. Anderson 

San Joaquin County’s groundwater basin should be drinking deep of the heavy winter storms pummeling the area. The most rain since 2017 has alleviated – again –ongoing drought and introduced new water to the aquifer. A sector benefitting greatly from the deluge is that of projects that use excess surface water to recharge groundwater basins.

Aquafer improved

“So far, the indications are that the aquifer’s gone up,” said Joe Valente, president of the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District’s board of directors. “The district’s responsible for making sure the 150,000 acres of land it’s responsible for receives adequate supplies of water.”