Some Californians Struggling To Live Without Water, State Is 11 Trillion Gallons Short

California is in the fourth year of its drought, and some low-income residents are going without running water.

Maria Jimenez, who lives in Monson, told AFP, "We are trying to live a normal life."

Jimenez's family isn't able to get water from central California's Valley, and the well they used to get water from has dried up. Before it went dry, it was contaminated by pesticides.

The family uses a handmade plumbing system that pumps bottled water up to the roof, where it trickles down to the shower.

Laura Garcia, a neighbor of the Jimenez family, added, "We don't have water in a country that is rich."

Garcia told AFP that the small town where she grew up in near Guadalajara, Mexico, has running water these days.

Servando Quintanilla, who owns Garcia's and Jimenez's houses, is no longer charging them rent. Quintanilla could have a new well dug for $35,000, but he believes it would be polluted.

Ryan Jensen, spokesman for the Community Water Center, believes that about 5,000 people in Tulare County do not have drinkable water sources.

CBS News reported in March that the Golden State banned watering lawns more than twice a week, and within 48 hours of rain.

97 percent of California is suffering a severe drought, while 67 percent are enduring an extreme drought.

NASA water scientist Jay Famiglietti said that satellite images showed that California was 11 trillion gallons short of its normal water supply.

Sources: AFP, CBS News
Image Credit: U.S. Drought Monitor


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