The California communities of Santa Monica and Avalon are conserving water but also using desalination to increase the supply.
For starters, California is the biggest agricultural producer in the U.S.
Ranchers are hurting as 98% of the West experiences drought. A declaration could free up funds to help them.
The Woolf ranch in California’s Central Valley is scaling down its almond orchards to focus on less water-intensive crops, like tomatoes.
Textile manufacturing relies on access to a cheap and plentiful supply of water.
“We all live supermodestly,” a firefighter said. “We’re about being able to do this job that we love, but also sustain life.”