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Lack of water dries up new housing in rural communities

 •  by Jesse Vad, SJV Water reporting trainee
The historic town of Allensworth needs more water to accommodate growth. Many small, rural towns in the San Joaquin Valley are suffering housing shortages because of a lack of water and water infrastructure. SCREENSHOT: California State Parks

Water has become a major roadblock to desperately needed housing in rural communities throughout the San Joaquin Valley.

Water scarcity and lack of infrastructure has scared off developers just when housing is most needed, according to officials and nonprofits that work on both water and housing.

“The lack of development interest has a lot to do with being told time and time again that there isn’t sewer or water infrastructure available,” said Aaron Bock, assistant director of the Tulare County Resource Management Agency.

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Jesse Vad, SJV Water reporting trainee
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