Getting to the Roots of California’s Drinking Water Crisis
SANGER, CALIFORNIA – Carolina Garcia is a gracious hostess, offering visitors baked goods still warm from the oven and peaches picked fresh from her backyard, which is a tightly packed homestead of fruit trees, grapevines and tomatoes. Bandannas wave along a laundry line, like a colorful flag, and behind the woodpile are constantly chattering chickens and a vocal trio of sheep.
Inside, the modest one-story house bustles with family. Garcia and her husband have four children, with another on the way – a household she describes as humble but happy.
They are lacking just one crucial thing: clean drinking water.
The Garcias live in a small neighborhood of about four blocks called Tombstone Territory, an unincorporated community in Fresno County in California’s San Joaquin Valley. The name gives it a Wild West feel, but it is less than 1 mile from the town of Sanger, population 25,000, and 2.5 miles from the nearest Starbucks. READ MORE ON WATER DEEPLY