The number of communities at risk of running out of water is a moving target.
Originally 17 were on the list, but some found alternative water sources. Others, like the City of Willits in Mendocino County are still dealing with dangerously low water levels in their reservoir. In a briefing with state lawmakers, City Manager Adrienne Moore says Willits has a plan to tap into groundwater wells, but a state grant only goes so far.
“That is our challenge today is not having enough funding to cover the cost of this project,” says Moore.
Brandon Merritt with Mendocino County says the water shortage in the county is dire and some people are scared.
“The most recent rains helped out a lot but as I tell people, it basically just helped our county avert outright catastrophe and bought us some more time,” says Moore.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s drought declaration requires the Department to identify and help rural drinking water systems at risk of running out of water.
The Department of Public Health says the following communities are at risk:
|System Name:||City Name:||County:||Population:|
|City of Willits||Willits||Mendocino||8,062|
|Redwood Valley County Water District||Redwood Valley||Mendocino||3,969|
Brooktrail Township Community
|Lake of the Woods MWC||Frazier Park||Kern||953|
River Highlands Community Services
|Washington Ridge Conservation Camp||Nevada City||Nevada||100|
|Whispering Pines Apartments||Mid-Pines||Mariposa||55|
Last year, California saw everything from intense drought to torrential rain. Researchers and water agencies say that the future of the state’s drought depends on adapting to these shifts.
As the drought dries up California’s wetlands, traveling birds such as ducks, geese and eagles are struggling to survive and breed. “This drought is bad. The odds are against us,” a state expert said.
Drought resilience depends on location but also extraordinary engineering — determining which California places are running out of water this year and which remain in good shape.
About 4,300 users were issued notices to halt diversions from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
Experts say the current drought is hotter and drier than previous ones, meaning water is evaporating faster.
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