Residents Of Central Valley Town Out Of Running Water Due To Drought Speak Out

CBS San Francisco

EAST PORTERVILLE, Tulare County (KPIX 5) — In the Bay Area, our drought has prompted many people to use less water. But in the town of East Porterville, about 75 miles southeast of Fresno, there is no water. For the people living there, day-to-day life has become a struggle.

“Forget about the lawn, forget about the car. You don’t realize how much you need the water until this happens,” East Porterville resident Mari Mejia told KPIX 5.

The dusty flatlands of Tulare County, where its 94 degrees as the sun goes down, and the ice cream man draws a crowd. But ice cream is no longer the most popular delivery in this neighborhood, it’s water.

“They fill it up once, sometimes twice a week. It depends on how much water we use,” said East Porterville resident Yolanda Serrato.

“This water tank, believe it or not, it’s like I just…

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