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California land mass sinking at record rate as farmers desperately drill new wells to use up ground water

By Watson: (NaturalNews) The days of abundant water are a distant memory for farmers in California. For the Central Valley, the wells are about to run dry.

California's Central Valley is now reportedly sinking at a rate never seen during the state's historic drought, and farmers are shouldering part of the blame as they continue to pump the land dry in an effort to keep their businesses afloat.

California governor announces mandatory water restrictions as continuing drought dries up remaining supplies

By Huff: (NaturalNews) For the first time in the state's history, California has been ordered to implement mandatory water restrictions after snowpack readings in the Sierra Nevada mountains revealed abysmally low water levels, the result of an ongoing extreme drought that some say threatens to leave the Golden State a barren wasteland.

Leaky pipes cost America 1 trillion gallons of water per year - 9% of California's water deficit

By Goodrich: (NaturalNews) As obsolete, unattended plumbing in our houses crumble, millions of gallons of water are lost each day. A few drips coming out of the kitchen faucet or showerhead might not seem like a lot to you, but even the smallest leak means gallons of water lost.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), an average American household wastes around 10,000 gallons of water each year through leaky pipes, toilets and faucets.

Californians disgusted by stinky black tap water; officials tell them to drink it anyway

By Barker: (NaturalNews) Residents of a Southern California neighborhood are concerned about the fact that the water flowing out of the taps in their homes is the color black. That's right; the water coming out of their faucets is indeed black -- not gray, not cloudy -- but black. Inky, opaque black water that the water company says is okay to drink.

water Brazil, mega-city of 20 million, to run out of water in one month

By Heyes: (NaturalNews) The Western United States is not the only region of the world that is currently suffering under chronic drought conditions. The largest country in South America -- Brazil -- is also experiencing drought, and its biggest city is two months away from running out of water entirely.

As reported by Reuters, the Brazilian mega-city of Sao Paulo, where 20 million people reside, has about one month's worth of a guaranteed water supply, as city officials have begun tapping into the second of three emergency reserves.

Reuters further noted:

Collapse of Mayan civilization likely due to drought, samples from Belize's Blue Hole reveal

By Barker:(NaturalNews) Belize's famed "Blue Hole" is a magnet for scuba divers and tourists, but it also may now be providing some answers regarding the demise of the Mayan civilization.

The Blue Hole is an underwater cave which lies at the center of an atoll roughly 40 miles from the Belize shoreline. It's a breathtakingly beautiful natural formation, but scientists have recently found that it also contains evidence supporting the theory that a prolonged drought period brought on the collapse of the Mayan culture.

Follow these water storage tips to ensure your family's survival

By Devon: (NaturalNews) It's what most families do: pay the monthly water bill and expect water to flow freely from every faucet in the house, on demand. We even take for granted having the option of both cold and hot water within seconds, with the twist of a knob. What a paradise we live in! It wasn't long ago when families had to retrieve water themselves, ration it and heat it over flame for a hot shower that lasted probably no longer than a minute. Today, water seems to flow like magic through a sophisticated grid of pipework that sustains the life of millions of people.

Thieves suspected in disappearance of 150 cattle as beef prices skyrocket

By Doherty: (NaturalNews) A recent headline in The Spokesman-Review seemed to have been pulled right out of the Old West: "Rustling suspected as Idaho cattle herds vanish." The article describes how three ranchers have had 150 cattle "go missing" over the last few weeks. Those cattle are estimated to be worth $350,000, about $2,300 per head on average. The economic incentive to rustle cattle is easy to see.

Brazil on verge of violent regional wars over water rights - a sign of global trends

By Benson:(NaturalNews) Persistent drought conditions that simply won't relent, according to new reports, have sparked something of a water war in Brazil, which oddly enough has more water resources than any other country in the world.

The two largest cities in the South American powerhouse, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, are currently fighting over rights to a water source that sits between them. Rio de Janeiro has long relied on the Jaguari reservoir to supply its own citizens, but now Sao Paulo wants in on the action.

San Diego citizens forced to drink their own pharmaceutical pollution through emergency sewage recycling program

By Lilley:(NaturalNews) The drought in California has unfortunately become a way of life for the majority of its residents, with many of them resorting to showering in portable stalls located in parking lots and getting on board with drinking recycled sewage water.