Despite California’s economic prowess, nearly one million residents in the state cannot safely drink their tap water. Another million, say experts, rely on water from small, untested and unregulated wells.
While recent wildfires in California have destroyed land and structures, and killed residents, their threat to water districts has received less attention but is just as devastating.
Rivers throughout Colorado, Utah and Wyoming are receiving abundant water from strong winter snowpack, easing drought fears but also pushing water over river banks.
Since 2017, Colorado has been grappling with a costly drought, but meteorologists now say that after heavy snow and rain fall, most of the state has recovered.
The Imperial Irrigation District (IID), which serves rural communities in the Coachella Valley, has filed a petition to halt a drought contingency plan for the Colorado River that President Trump signed into law.