[Ed. – Note that this isn’t a matter of a reservoir completely drying up, or wells running dry. The town has lost in the “seniority of water rights” lottery; water won’t be distributed to it. And keep in mind: California releases HALF of all the water it captures and controls in the state each year to “environmental” flows, which means the water runs into the Pacific Ocean. Scroll down at the link. That’s by far the biggest whack taken each year out of the amount of available water.]
The community of Mountain House is days away from having no water at all after the state cut off its only water source. …
“We’re out there looking for water supplies as we speak,” said Mountain House general manager Ed Pattison. “We have storage tanks, but those are basically just to ensure the correct pressurization of the distribution system. No more than 2 days are in those storage tanks.”
A number of water districts plan to sue the state on the grounds the State Water Resources Control Board has no legal authority to cut off some of California’s oldest and most protected water rights.