Rural Areas Near San Francisco Have 4 Months of Water Left

Several rural communities in the San Francisco Bay area face acute water shortages as a result of the state's severe drought--and some could run out of water within three to four months, according to state officials.

Matt Bigler of KCBS-San Jose reports: 

The water systems are in all in rural areas that serve from 39 to 11,000 residents. They range from tiny Lompico County Water District in Santa Cruz County to districts that serve the cities of Healdsburg and Cloverdale in Sonoma County.

Some districts have long-running problems that began before the drought. Larger communities like Santa Clara Valley however, have fared better because of long-running conservation programs.

San Francisco residents will participate in a voluntary ten percent reduction in water use and consumption.


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