The water crisis has hit rural America, as well.
The Associated Press reports: Farmers across the country are reeling from a drought that has forced them to ration water and cut back on other farming practices.
The drought has forced some communities to shut down their water and sewage systems.
Farmers in Colorado, Oklahoma, Montana and South Dakota say their water is running low.
And the number of people in Colorado’s largest city, Denver, reporting a water crisis is more than 3,000, compared with nearly 1,500 in the rest of the state, AP reported.
As the AP reports, a drought also has put a crimp on some people’s ability to make ends meet.
That’s a problem, said John Lacey, an agriculture economist at Colorado State University.
“It’s a pretty big impact for a town of just 500 people, to have that impact,” Lacey said.
“And it’s not just a matter of water.
It’s also just about the people you work with.”
And in some cases, Lacey says, the water can be so expensive that some families simply don’t have the money to pay for the water.
Lacey and other experts are calling on the federal government to step in and pay for some of the costs of treating and storing water in water storage facilities.
“I think the water system is going to be in a much worse place than the water that’s been treated,” said Lacey.
“You’re not going to have the capacity to handle it in any case.”
Lacey is among many economists who are concerned about the drought.
“This is not going away,” he said.
And while some water is still being treated in some of these facilities, the problem is spreading.
“We’ve been getting a lot of calls lately from people who are having their water shut off, who are saying they’re having a problem,” said Brian Sussman, a professor of economics at the University of Texas, Austin.
So the only way that we’re going to solve this problem is to have a very strong federal commitment, and that means having the water storage program and that would be a big help.”