Prospect of No Water Looms in Over a Dozen California Towns

Over a dozen California communities now face running out of water within 60 days if urgent steps are not taken, and that list will only grow as the record drought of 2014 continues, according to the State Water Board.

Because of the severity of the crisis, the state has begun tracking communities that face critical water shortages and in the past month alone the number has risen from 8 to 14 towns, according to the list updated late last week.

As of September 23, over 58 percent of the state is experiencing Exceptional Drought, the highest category of drought according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, and roughly 82 percent of the state is under Extreme or Exceptional Drought. According to the survey, over 37 million people are feeling the effects as reservoir levels in the state continue to decline and groundwater wells go dry.

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