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Drought Increases Contamination Risk

Calif droughtCalifornia’s drought has put 10 communities at risk of running out of drinking water in 60 days, and worsened numerous other health and safety problems, public health officials said.

Reuters reports communities where residents rely on wells are at particular risk, as contaminants in the groundwater become more concentrated with less water available to dilute them, top state health officials said at a legislative hearing on the drought.

The California Farm Bureau estimates the overall impact of idled farmland will run to roughly $5 billion, from in direct costs of lost production and indirect effects.

Last month, Democratic Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency, as reservoir levels dipped to all-time lows with little rain or snow in the forecast.

The state’s top public health officials said they were targeting 10 communities for immediate relief, trucking in water when necessary and helping to lay pipes connecting residents with nearby public water systems.

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2 thoughts on “Drought Increases Contamination Risk

  1. seems we always have to wait until emergencies arise; besides trucking water in why are not all toilets, urinals, shower heads , spray nozzles etc converted to the most efficient out there? Toilet use is now down to 1.28 gallons per flush and urinals out there use no water; in fact, why are we still using potable water in toilets and urinals?

  2. Unfortunately, California regularly experiences droughts but they’ve done very little over the years to prepare for them so this current water crisis is an example of ‘the chickens coming home to roost’.

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