posted on Sep, 9 2015 @ 07:14 PM
A few points
The town is 176 miles north of Los Angeles, in a totally different geographical area. That area (southern San Joaquin Valley) depends on rainwater
(it's technically a desert), snow melt from the Sierra Nevada mountain range (lack of rain means lack of snow!), or pumping up groundwater.
Desalination plants on the coast will help coastal cities, not this area. (about 180 miles inland from the coast)
There has been so little rain, no snowpack to melt. There is crazy talk about not enough reservoirs being built, but the reservoirs that exist are
Water tables are lowering; wells are going dry. Agriculture does draw down the water table, but even wells above the agricultural area are in danger.
There is no water running down the mountain!
Drinking (good) water is not being wasted on toilets, as residents are pouring in water that had already been used for another purpose in the
household. Using the backyard as a toilet invites health hazards over long term use.
Yes, there are other towns (and areas) going dry. This particular town/area has the greatest percentage of private wells running dry. It is a poor
area, and people cannot afford to sink their wells deeper, unlike other areas. Some friends are getting ready to have their well drilled deeper, after
having been on a waiting list one year. And they can afford it. ($25,000)
Any relief private well owners are receiving comes from private individuals/organizations and local governments. I think that some Calif Conservation
Corps are assisting.
Water issues are a global matter now. This particular town is an example of what happens when wells run dry.