ORLAND — The wheels keep turning in the large-scale Glenn County water project to help those with dry and drying wells connect to the city of Orland's water lines.

Over the course of the past year, the city has been working to connect those on wells within city limits to the source. Orland City Manager Pete Carr said the city has connected roughly 12 out of 34 of those households so far. Carr added that the city expects to have all 34 homes connected within the next couple of months.

As part of the overall project, DWR has provided some additional funding to help the city drill a second well and put in an additional water tank to up the storage in anticipation of the new customers outside of the county, which consists of about 160 households.

Carr said the city plans to put the contract for the new well out to bid this week with the additional contracts for connecting county residents to the main and the water tank following.

"There are essential parts of the project that each has their own construction cycle," Carr said. "Maybe it will be one company will bid on more than one of those sections but we'll see."

Construction surrounding hooking up county residents to the water source consists of laying down water mains and then adding lateral connectors to the homes.

Behind the scenes, Carr said engineers are still working out the details for broadening the water line. Those in the county will pay double the water rate of those in the city, which has always been part of the water plan, Carr said. The additional money will go toward maintaining the lines and other infrastructure related to water.

Meanwhile, funding from the North Valley Community Foundation continues to go toward water deliveries while planning goes on for the major construction down the line.

"The North Valley Community Foundation is doing a great job ensuring people still have drinking water and water to bathe in," Carr said. "We're very impressed with DWR as a state agency. They're doing a great job. It's taking more than I wish it had to but it's absolutely going to be a quality project. We're going to be proud of it."

DWR issued statements regarding the connections saying that the construction in Glenn County remains in the design phase. DWR said there currently is no plan to provide additional funding to the project, though it previously upped the overall cost to provide the new well and water tank for the city.

"In the interim, DWR is also planning to expand the water hauling services in Glenn County," the statement said.

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