California Orders Thousands of Farmers and Cities to Stop Pumping Water

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A frost free water hydrant commonly used on farms and homesteads.
A frost free water hydrant commonly used on farms and homesteads.

In response to the water shortage in California, state regulators ordered thousands of large users of water to stop using water from the Sacramento and San Joquin rivers and watershed. This includes San Francisco, 212 public water systems, thousands of farmers, and irrigation districts. The largest impact will be on the San Joaquin Valley, the center of California’s agricultural production.

Water users will have to turn to other water sources, if they have them, such as wells. The net result is likely to be less food production, more farm bankruptcies and more unemployment.

Published 6/7/2022. Read the full article.

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