Seville’s 400 residents have lived years with tainted drinking water from their only well, but they say there is a new problem in town — water-hogging marijuana gardens.
The outdoor gardens planted in the last year are taking so much of the town’s water that it sometimes takes 45 minutes to fill the kitchen sink for dish washing, they say.
The marijuana gardens are the latest in a long run of water issues for this farmworker town.
But it appears little can be done to fix the problem in this Tulare County community north of Visalia.
Law enforcement authorities say the gardens are legal because the marijuana is for medicinal use, as allowed by state law. Sheriff’s deputies can take immediate action only if they see criminal activity, such as sales.
“These pot gardens are the talk of the town,” says resident Rebecca Quintana. “We already have problems, but the water pressure has really dropped. And we’re worried about our children.”
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