California grape vineyards, orchards vie for water

06/25/2013 11:26:00 AM
Mike Hornick

They’ll hope for wet winters. Or bank on the aquifer.

“Most people will supplement the water supplies they get through irrigation districts by pumping groundwater,” Bedwell said. “It’s more expensive because you’re spending money on electricity, plus you’re drawing down the aquifer.

"It’s a double whammy that you don’t want to see happen. But the cutbacks will not result in any immediate impact on production.”

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