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Groundwater Drilling Increases as California Enters 4th Year of Drought



Passing storm clouds move over Castaic Lake. California remains in the grip of a yearslong drought but recent storms have led to some improvement. (Shutterstock)
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Despite heavy rainfall in early 2023, California is facing the possibility of a fourth consecutive year of drought.

In the past, residents have relied on pumping groundwater to supplement the limited water supply. However, as CBS Los Angeles meteorologist Evelyn Taft found during a visit to the San Joaquin Valley, the overuse of this groundwater is becoming a problem.

U.S. Drought Monitor — California

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