High & Dry

(KSBW)  As California's drought worsens, the tiny village of Lompico in the Santa Cruz mountains is one of 17 rural communities across the state that is in danger of running out of water within the next four months.

A mandatory water rationing program was instituted by the Lompico Water District on January 21. But the district has not been able to draw any water from Lompico Creek, and its three water wells are not producing enough water for the district's 500 customers.

The district hopes they might be allowed to tap into the San Lorenzo River for some emergency relief, or hauling in water on trucks.

"We have been unable to take water out of the creek since August and well production is down, and we didn't have that much water to begin with," said Lois Henry, a Lompico water board member.

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