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State gives more water to popular I-5 pitstop, but locals say it won’t be enough

 •  by Jesse Vad, SJV Water reporting intern
Kettleman City's commercial district, which caters to motorists along Interstate 5 in western Kings County, could run out of water by December. CREDIT: Kings County

Christmas travelers driving Interstate 5 this year may need to hunt up a different stopping point as Kettleman City could be shut down for lack of water.

The state Department of Water Resources (DWR) has said it will give the tiny community in western Kings County a few more acre feet of water — but only enough for the personal taps of its 1,100 residents.

The town’s gas stations and fast food joints that bring in droves of motorists on busy holidays could be left high and dry.

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Jesse Vad, SJV Water reporting intern
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