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In the rural towns around Visalia, drought is a perpetual plight and wells are going dry.
The most acute problem, experts say, is the lack of controls on groundwater pumping.
These chemicals are everywhere. They last forever. They’re expensive to get rid of. And many Californians don’t even know they’re drinking them.
As California’s new requirements for forever chemicals kick in, small providers in remote towns struggle to clean up their water.
An explanation of California’s water development — as well as the challenges, today and tomorrow, of providing water for the state’s people, places and things.