Out Of Water! California Cuts Off Water To Town Of 15,000 People.
The California drought is getting worse by the minute – and it will only be a matter of time before hundreds of thousands of people are left without water in that state.
A California community of 15,000 people is just the first of the many victims to come.
This small town is just days away from running out of water after the state cut off its only water source during one of the worst droughts the state has ever faced.
The upscale San Joaquin County community of Mountain House received its water supply exclusively from Byron – Bethany irrigation district, one of 14 senior water rights holders who were cut off last week.
The decision to cut off many of California’s longest held water claims has several of the water districts planning to sue, but that won’t help the residents on Mountain House with their immediate dilemma.
This small community has storage tanks, but they are built to just to ensure the correct pressurization is maintained and can hold less than two days worth of water.
Mountain House general manager Ed Pattison told CBS that he is out looking for a new water supply and they hope to find enough to last them through until the end of the year. It is expected to cost approximately half $1 million if he manages to find it.
One resident, Anthony Gordon, has stockpiled 500 gallons of water in his home, just in case.
The state is considering, on a case-by-case basis, allowing some water to be delivered for health and human safety. Currently, Mountain House uses approximately 97 gallons of water per person per day.
“We don’t want this town to become a ghost town, it was a beautiful master-planned community,” Pattison told CBS.