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Less Than Zero: Despite decades of accepted science, California and Arizona are still miscounting their water supplies

Less Than Zero: Despite decades of accepted science, California and Arizona are still miscounting their water supplies

Drawing groundwater from near a stream can suck that stream dry. In turn, using all the water in streams and rivers lessens their ability to replenish the aquifers beneath them. Yet California and Arizona -- the two states water experts say are facing the most severe water crises -- continue to count and regulate groundwater and surface water as if they were entirely separate.

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Arizona town near Grand Canyon runs low on water

Arizona town near Grand Canyon runs low on water

WILLIAMS — In the northern Arizona city of Williams, restaurant patrons don't automatically get a glass of water anymore. Residents caught watering lawns or washing cars with potable water can be fined. Businesses are hauling water from outside town to fill swimming pools, and building permits have been put on hold because there isn't enough water to accommodate development.

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