30 Jan '14, 6pm

Thousands of Californians are about to run out of water

Thousands of Californians are about to run out of water

All Californians are being asked to cut back on their water use to help the state survive its drought emergency . But for members of 17 communities across the state, such reductions might not be voluntary — they’re in danger of running completely dry in the next few months. Officials in these communities are considering the very real possibility that they’ll need to truck in water or even install portable desalination equipment. The 17 vulnerable water systems serve as many as 11,000 residents apiece, though the tiniest serves just 39 people. Here’s the San Jose Mercury News with more : In some communities, wells are running dry. In others, reservoirs are nearly empty. Some have long-running problems that predate the drought. … “As the drought goes on, there will be more [communities at risk of running out of water] that probably show up on the list,” said Dave Mazzera, ac...

Full article: http://grist.org/news/thousands-of-californians-are-about...

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