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Should California limit the number of small, new water systems?

Published Monday June 20

California’s drought has revealed that when it comes to water, not every community is equal.

Big urban areas, from the Bay Area to Los Angeles, asked residents to conserve, raised rates to buy water from other places and generally have gotten by without much inconvenience, other than brown lawns and shorter showers.

But communities served by smaller systems, from farm towns to forest hamlets — often lacking money, expertise and modern equipment — have struggled and, in some cases, nearly run out of water entirely.

Now, a bill by a Bay Area state lawmaker aims to slow the spread of little mom and pop water providers by making it very complicated to create brand new ones.

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