State officials in California have said that 17 communities will be out of water within the next two to four months.
Wells are starting to run dry and reservoir levels are low as the state faces the worst drought in almost a century. The number of vulnerable communities is expected to increase over the coming weeks and months, and the list will be updated weekly said Dave Mazzera, acting drinking water division chief for the California Department of Public Health.
Lompico is one of the affected areas.
“We have been unable to take water out of the creek since August and well production is down, and we didn’t have that much water to begin with.” said Lois Henry from the Lompico water board. She is certain the district will soon have to truck in water.
Cloverdale has already seen the implementation of mandatory 25% rationing and a ban on lawn watering. It’s very likely that more mandatory cut backs will follow.
The 17 most vulnerable areas are:
- Jackson Valley Irrigation District
- Shaver Lake Heights Mutual Water Co District
- Sierra Cedars Community Services district
- Boulder Canyon Water Association area
- Camp Condor
- The Cypress Canyon Water System
- Lake of the Woods Mutual Water Co area
- Bass Lake Water Co area
- Whispering Pines
- Brooktrails Township Community District
- Redwood Valley Community Water district
- Washington Ridge Conservation camp
- Ophir Gardens
- Lompico County Water District
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