As drought drives prices higher, millions of Californians struggle to pay for water
KAREN MARTIN, HUFFPOST, March 3, 2019 (KAREN MARTIN, HUFFPOST) — Two years ago, when California drought destroyed its farming industry and sent tens of thousands of farmers into bankruptcy, it turned much of the state into an arid stretch of sand. Now, with water supplies dwindling, that stretch continues to expand.
California is now the driest major state in the country, according to figures released this weekend by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Drought means higher prices on everything from food to clothing to utilities. And that has meant an increase in California’s out-of-state residents, moving here to escape the drought.
The Associated Press counted nearly 5 million people who moved to California between 2016 and 2017, up from 4.25 million in 2013. California now has the second-most recent immigrants living in its major cities, behind only Mexico.
The state’s water supply has suffered a steady decline, but it’s still some of the best in the nation.
For those who can’t afford it, it is sometimes hard to survive as a small business.
But if you can afford it, it can be a godsend.
Predictably, not everyone in the housing market is able to afford the costs of housing, but those who can are doing so — and their property is now worth far less.
Many of those who moved here in the last two decades are now seeing their homes and apartments foreclosed on, they say.
Here on the outskirts of San Francisco, a small group of people living in a mobile home park are trying to stay afloat.
“It’s like an ocean of people,” said Robert, 55, who gave his name only as Robert. “I know there’s some good people here.”
Robert and Robert’s two roommates moved here with their families from India, where they’d tried to make it in construction. They took