It is a critical situation for many communities and farmers.
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The major water use restrictions that were announced by the governor of California won’t be enough to keep the state from running out of both surface and groundwater it appears. The use of groundwater, that cannot be replenished nearly as fast as surface water, is a huge concern.
An estimate cited by the Washington Post is that 65 percent of the fresh water used in the state in 2014 came from groundwater, which is up from the annual average use during non-extreme drought times of 40 percent. And the water table recently has been declining by two feet per year in the agriculturally productive Central Valley.