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Folsom Lake Water Level Dangerously Low as Drought Continues

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    Folsom Lake Water Level Dangerously Low

    Folsom Lake, which supplies water to nearly half a million people, is nearing the so-called dead pool level. (Published Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015)

    California’s historic drought has taken a toll on Folsom Lake.

    The lake, which supplies water to nearly half a million people, is nearing the so-called dead pool level. That means that its water level is nearly too low for water to be pumped out.

    However, a fix is in the works.

    Government-hired contractors are building 10 car-sized barges in the deepest part of Folsom Lake.The barges will be used to pump drinking water to residents if water dips below the original pumps.

    Starting Friday, federal officials also plan to halve the amount of water flowing out of the lake.

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