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Here in California water has a topic of conversation wherever we go. Creeks and ponds dried up (some we think might never recover) and the water table dropped, forcing a few neighbors to have their well pumps lowered or to even have deeper wells drilled. Many folks have shared memories of rain barrels, cisterns, hand pumps and drawing water with a well bucket as a child, usually on grandpa and grandma’s farm. Some said they’d never want to rely again on those old-time methods of getting…


Water falls to ground as precipitation, moves through and over the ground to streams and lakes, evaporates back into air

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Figure shows confined aquifer contained by rock that water can not flow through; unconfined aquifer interacts with streams and is not constrained.