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The forecast for California for the coming months is drought--no surprises here. In fact, it's going to be the "the fourth driest year in the last 114 years," according to, and we're expected to have "below-average rainfall for the third year in a row." So the Department of Water Resources is trying to get resourceful by setting up a program for growers and cities in the Southern part of the state to purchase water from farmers and water agencies located to the North, mostly in the Sacramento Valley area.

It's called a "water bank"--"designed to throw a lifeline to California agriculture where farmers have lost $260 million this year." It's described as "giant distribution system [that] would actually move water and theoretically make it available to the driest areas of the state. The department will act as a middleman water broker to keep SoCal's sidewalks and fountains that spray in time to Dean Martin songs wet (oh and things growing, too) during the dry winter months.

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So how's that working out so far? According to, perhaps not so hot: "The department said there are many interested buyers, but not many sellers." Whoops. Guess you gotta have extra water to sell for someone to buy it.