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Valley Drought 2014: No Water in Kings River?

Some growers in Fresno and Kings County are worried over the future of their crops-- and their homes.

They have been told no water will be flowing along the southern fork of the Kings River.

"Historically, that has always had water in it. Now it doesn't have any water.. it's bone dry," says Bill Son, a pistachio farmer who lives near Lemoore.

Son has been farming since 1980.

He depends on the river, just hundreds of yards away from his property, to replenish his home’s shallow well.

It’s only about 50 feet deep.

He had it installed just two years ago.

Son says without the river flow, the well will run dry… maybe soon.

"Our retirement is based on water flowing... when you take it away, it hits home here," says Son.

Scott Sills with the Laguna Water District says there's not enough water to go around this year.

Water from the Kings River is stored at Pine Flat Dam.

Even with the snow melt, it has only reached about 30 percent capacity this year.

While there is a demand, there's not enough water to bring the flow, this far south.

That’s little consolation for son, whose crops are about to reach a crucial point.

While the shells are formed, the nut itself won’t grow until there's enough water in the tree.

That doesn't happen until June or July.

If that’s not enough, he’s already feeling the effects inside his home, too.

At times, the water runs orange or the pressure can vary.

He says he’d like to see lawmakers focus on more water storage, regardless of what the next couple of months or years look like.

“Everybody's banking on a wet year next year. What if we don't have a wet year next year?” says Son.


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