Semitropic Water Storage District wishes to respond to your November 17, 2009, article entitled “Court Halts Unlicensed Drilling by Public Entity” (posted online at www.nationaldriller.com).
concerned the case of California Groundwater Association v. Semitropic Water
Storage District, in which the appellate court found that Semitropic, as a
public agency, was not exempt from Section 13750.5 of the California Water
Code. That section requires any person who drills a well to have what is known
as a C-57 license.
entrusted by the state of California with the development of underground water
resources. We take this responsibility extremely seriously. We undertake
numerous precautions when drilling our wells, and drilling is always closely
supervised by a highly qualified team of civil engineers, hydro geologists and
retained a C-57 licensed contractor prior to the association filing its
lawsuit, which the court confirmed satisfied the requirements of Section
In addition, the
association filed an injunction against Semitropic seeking to have all well
drilling suspended. The trial court denied that injunction, and the association
did not challenge the court’s decision. Semitropic has never been ordered to
halt drilling wells.
We wanted to
call this to your readers’ attention in case they were left with the notion
that Semitropic was, or is, putting California’s valuable water resources in
jeopardy. As our record will attest, nothing could be farther from the truth.
Thank you for
the opportunity to respond.
Letter to the Editor: Semitropic Responds
January 4, 2010