Coalinga sits on the western side of the San Joaquin Valley in Fresno County and relies almost entirely on surface water from the Central Valley Project. Credit: City of Coalinga website

What's at stake:

Coalinga was set to run out of water by mid-November.

The City of Coalinga got word Nov. 2 via a news release that the Department of Water Resources would pick up the entire $1.2 million tab for supplemental water the city was forced to buy after drought cut its federal supplies to the bone. Here is the DWR news release.

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