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The Secrets of the Drought
Hidden stories from California’s historic drought
California county still relying on water tanks, despite rainfall
Rain has brought water back to some homes in Tulare County, but hundreds of families still rely on emergency tank program.
What comes after ‘The Big Short?’ Going long on water
The world’s freshwater supply is under increasing demand, and an investor featured in “The Big Short” is betting prices will rise dramatically in the coming years.
This California lawmaker wants to name and shame ‘The Wet Princes’
State Sen. Jerry Hill wants California to smack its biggest water users with hefty fines and bad publicity.
Water tanks are a way of life in California community during drought
Tanks are now the primary source of water for more than 540 households in Tulare County, the epicenter of California’s four-year drought. In the poor, unincorporated community of East Porterville, the outlook is particularly bleak.
The answer to our readers’ biggest water question: What does it cost?
With California in the throes of a massive drought, our audience was most interested in finding out the price of water.
Ranchers denied the drought while collecting drought subsidies
By denying the severity of the drought, Nevada ranchers fought to reopen public lands that had been closed to grazing. But some of these same ranchers have collected drought subsidies from the government.
How the lack of water led to violence from Mexico to Syria
A conflict with Mennonites in Mexico is the latest example of a world grappling with depleting water sources and increasingly violent conflicts erupting where water shortages have taken hold.
California needs aquifers under its cities, study says
The Union of Concerned Scientists has concluded that the state needs to build underground water storage systems beneath cities to capture storm runoff, which can be used later during drought years.
‘We’re using our groundwater resources too fast’
Only a small portion of the world’s groundwater has accumulated over the past 50 to 100 years, meaning most of it is so old – from centuries to millennia – that it isn’t sustainable to keep pulling it out at this rate.