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Drought: California communities could soon run out of water

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SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 28: A pipe emerges from dried and cracked earth that used to be the bottom of the Almaden Reservoir on January 28, 2014 in San Jose, California. Now in its third straight year of drought conditions, California is experiencing its driest year on record, dating back 119 years, and reservoirs throughout the state have low water levels. Santa Clara County reservoirs are at 3 percent of capacity or lower. California Gov. Jerry Brown officially declared a drought emergency to speed up assistance to local governments, streamline water transfers and potentially ease environmental protection requirements for dam releases. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Despite yesterday's rain, California's dry spell grinds on. Health officials say 17 communities around the state are at risk of running out of water within the next four months, if not sooner. One of those communities is just about an hour north of Los Angeles, the town of Lake of the Woods, perched above the Tejon Pass.

KPCC's Molly Peterson has this report.

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