Hundreds of homes in Porterville have gone nearly two years without water in their wells, which is normally supplied by runoff from the mountains.
VIDEO: Gov. Brown issues first-ever mandatory statewide water use restrictions
Gov. Brown issues first-ever mandatory statewide water use reductions
With a record-low snowpack amid the state's drought, Gov. Jerry Brown directed the State Water Resources Control Board to implement mandatory 25 percent reductions in water usage by California cities and towns through February 2016.
Many of them can no longer get water from their taps, which means residents have to improvise on the basics like doing dishes, taking showers and flushing toilets.
They desperately rely on weekly water deliveries from the city.
Experts say with the state in its fourth year of drought, this could be the stark future for California's 38 million residents.
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