The California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) issued Industry Bulletin 14-11a confirming that Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has proclaimed a State of Emergency and directed state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for these drought conditions. The CSLB is doing its part, expediting applications for C-57 Well Drilling Contractors. In its Industry Bulletin, the CSLB also encourages Class "A" General Engineering Contractors that are authorized to perform water supply projects (but not well drilling unless they possess a C-57 Well Drilling classification) to add the C-57 classification to their license; Class "A" contractors who would like assistance expediting this process can call (916) 255-4118 or email CSLB's Classifications Deputy. It also reminds contractors that it has a reciprocity agreement in place for well drillers who are licensed in Nevada, which will further expedite the California licensing process.

A special teleconference with state agencies is scheduled for Thursday, September 11, 2014, at 7 a.m. to discuss how to meet well drilling regulations and expand access to ground water capacity.

Teleconference call-in information:

September 11, 2014, 7:00 a.m. PDT

1 (866) 640-4044

Passcode: 62224