HANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Despite record rain and snow, California’s drought emergency has not ended for thousands of people in four rural counties.
In the agriculture-rich San Joaquin Valley, many residents with dried up wells must still use water delivered to large tanks in their yards to wash dishes and bathe.READ MORE: Family Of Fallen Elk Grove Officer Ty Lenehan Issues Statement
It’s one of the few alternatives that remain.
Scientists at Stanford University and NASA say excessive pumping of wells during the drought has permanently tapped out some underground sources of water that will never recover.READ MORE: Five Injured In Crash Near Cameron Park On Saturday night, One Infant
Officials say nearly 2,400 wells dried up at the height of five-year drought, affecting 12,000 people.
David Miguel, who lives in a rural neighborhood surrounded by orchards, is waiting for a state grant to connect his home to a community well after his own went dry.MORE NEWS: Colorado Fire Prompts Evacuations In Monterey County, 25% Contained
The retired farm hand relies on water deliveries and laughs when he hears that Gov. Jerry Brown recently declared the drought was over for most of California.