Northern California County Runs Out of Water During Peak Tourism Season

One of Northern California’s tourism hot spots faces a water shortage that threatens to shatter businesses as visitors from across the state flock to the county. Wells are drying out in Mendocino County amid the raging state drought. As water prices are expected to increase, small business owners will suffer as restaurants and inns may not be able to able to cover the costs of running water. Meredith Smith, owner of Mendocino Café told The Epoch Times the county has placed porta potties around restaurants as they begin to conserve water by closing their restrooms. “You can’t have a tourist destination where you are trying to promote giant barbeques, wine tastings, and everything you’re doing to get people to come here, and then not have any place where they can use the bathroom,” she said. “At this point, the Mendocino City Community Services District has initiated water rationing, 25 percent less allocated …

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