30 Jun '15, 2am

Californians struggle for 'normal life,' without water

Californians struggle for 'normal life,' without water

A washing machine stands in the middle of Maria Jimenez's California yard, like a redundant relic of modern life. Nearby are several rented mobile toilets, no longer in use. For four months, she and her family have had no running water. "We are trying to live a normal life," the 52-year-old told AFP in the town of Monson, 200 miles north of Los Angeles. Hers is one of a growing number of generally low-income households with no direct access to water in central California's Valley, known as America's food basket, where four years of extreme drought have left many residents high and dry. Jimenez and her husband use plastic plates and cups in order to save using water for washing the dishes, all the while generating piles of garbage and extra expenses. To take a shower, they've created an elaborate system that pumps bottled water up to the roof of their rented house and back ...

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