Jun 16, 2015

9 Cities Running Out of Water

Bakersfield, CA
Sacramento, CA
Chico, CA
Lancaster, CA
Yuba City, CA
Fresno, CA
Modesto, CA
Merced, CA
Hanford, CA
USA
by
Thomas C. Frohlich
,
24/7 Wall St
Depleted reservoir in California. Photo: 24/7 Wall St
Depleted reservoir in California. Photo: 24/7 Wall St

A considerable portion of California’s environmental, agricultural, and municipal water needs depends on 161 reservoirs, which are typically replenished during the winter months...However, “after four years of drought, reservoir holdings are perilously low,” said Brad Rippey, a meteorologist with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The U.S. Drought Monitor is produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the USDA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). 24/7 Wall St. identified the nine urban areas with populations of 75,000 or more where the highest percentages of the land area was in a state of exceptional drought in the first six months of 2015