The thriving community of Mountain House, California is about to completely run out of water because California cut supplies to senior water rights holders last week amid record drought. That means 15,000 farmers and residents will be without water.
Breitbart reported the the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) ordered the curtailment of all water diversions to farmers in the Delta, San Joaquin and Sacramento River watersheds holding senior water rights dating to 1903, according to a release from the agency. The order places new restrictions on 114 senior water rights holders in total, including the cities of Chico, Placer, Paradise, and Patterson.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Water Resources (DWR), and several other municipal water districts are also affected.
The new cutbacks come as California grapples through the fourth year of a record drought. In April, Gov. Jerry Brown issued mandatory restrictions on urban water use, but the governor and top water officials faced criticism for exempting agriculture from the plan.
Now, the community’s 15,000 residents must find a new source of water, and quickly.
“We’re out there looking for water supplies as we speak,” Mountain House general manager Ed Pattison told CBS. “We have storage tanks, but those are basically just to ensure the correct pressurization of the distribution system. No more than 2 days are in those storage tanks.”
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