California gets creative to supply farmers with water
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 01:13
Amid record drought, one California county wants to reverse the flow of the state's main aqueduct to get more water to farmers. Linda So reports.
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For some California farmers struggling through a record drought, this aqueduct may be the answer to their problems. In Kern County, the local water agency is hoping a little creativity will provide some much needed relief. Officials there want to reverse the flow of the California Aqueduct to supply water to desperate farmers. SOUNDBITE: JIM BECK, GENERAL MANAGER OF THE KERN COUNTY WATER AGENCY, SAYING: "So when we look at a project that would actually reverse the normal direction of the California Aqueduct, that can give you a feel for how desperate a situation we're in, not just in Kern County but throughout the state of California." The plan to reverse a section of the aqueduct is in the works. It's expected to be fully operational by December. Welcome news for farmers relying on desperate measures to keep their crops watered. Some are digging wells for water. SOUNDBITE: JOHN GLESS, VICE PRESIDENT OF GLESS RANCH, SAYING: "I don't know, if this drought continues we're in trouble, serious trouble. Even when we're drilling these wells, we're watching the production. Most of the wells that we have are down 30 percent from a year ago and we're watching them drop by the week." And with drought conditions expected to get worse, farmers hope the plan to reverse the water flow at this aqueduct is only the beginning of more innovative solutions.
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