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17 Calif. communities could run out of water soon

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- As California's drought stretches on, state officials say 17 rural communities are in danger of running out of water within 60 to 120 days.

The San Jose Mercury News reported Tuesday (http://bit.ly/LmgFL2 ) that the threatened water systems serve from 39 to 11-thousand residents.

They range from the tiny Lompico County Water District in Santa Cruz County to districts that serve the cities of Healdsburg and Cloverdale in Sonoma County.

The newspaper says most of the affected water districts have so few customers that they can't charge enough money to pay for backup water supplies or repair failing equipment.

Officials will discuss solutions like trucking water in or digging more wells.

The state health department compiled the list after surveying the more than 3,000 water agencies in California last week. The list will be updated weekly.

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Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com

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