Historic Drought in California

City of Orange Cove Mayor Gabriel Jimenez tells residents they'll have to recycle their household water.
3:00 | 02/01/14

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the historic drought in California. This evening, more than 25 million people could face limits on the water to their homes. Farms across the country are bone dry and may affect prices at the supermarket. ABC's bazi kanani reports. Reporter: Experts predict this could be the driest. Not enough rain leaving reservoirs empty. And not enough snow as seen in these satellite images comparing last year to this year. It all means less water for everyone. Don't flush more than you have. Don't shower more than you need to and turn the water off when shaving or brushing your teeth. Reporter: In towns like Orange cove, the mayor is telling residents they'll have to recycle their household water for their lawns and plants. Whether come from the washing machine or dishes. Reporter: Such little snow in California's mountains mean fewer skiers, fewer shoppers and diners in resort towns. The whole economy is based on the ski season. Reporter: The drought could mean up to $5 billion of losses for farmers and ranchers. This dairy farmer paying double for the hay to feed her cows. It will trickle down for all of agriculture. Reporter: And cost will reach consumers, too. Since California is the nation's The drought could hit pocketbooks across the country. Wildlife officials are banning fishing in several rivers in California to protect the salmon and trout that are threatened this year by low water levels.

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