California’s pure water was the source of its beauty, and for that, we can thank the state’s native flora and fauna.
But the state is far from being the only place where this water has been so revered.
The California State University at Long Beach, in its new book Water for People, details a rich, fascinating history of water that stretches back at least 2,000 years.
The book traces how the state was named for the water’s unique qualities, and how the name of a particular creek in the Sierra Nevada has come to be associated with the state.
“The idea of water being pure is one of those magical notions that has grown up around this state,” says Dan Buechner, a professor of history and anthropology at USC and author of Water for Humans: The Ancient Story of the California Desert.
“You know, this is what we call our state’s purer water.”
A History of Water In the early 1700s, California became the first state to allow the public to drink water from the Sierra Nevadas, a water source that’s since been the focus of intense research and conservation efforts.
The water was first used for domestic irrigation, and the state began developing water treatment facilities and aqueducts to treat water.
But this was not enough to satisfy the thirst of the people of the Sierra.
In the mid-1800s, the drought struck and the city of San Francisco began developing its own water supply.
In 1883, the state legislature authorized the construction of a dam that would eventually be known as the Oroville Dam, but the state did not receive the funding it needed.
By 1885, the dam was overbuilt and over-subscribed.
With no money to pay for repairs and no money left to pay the contractors, the San Francisco Water Works Company began constructing the Oroland Dam.
The dam was completed in 1895, and within a few years, the city was water-hungry again.
It was only a matter of time before water started to run out.
When the water did run out, the town of Oroville lost everything.
The population dropped from 500 to about 500 people.
But they didn’t just lose the water they had been drinking.
They lost the people who used the water.
They also lost the land, the crops, the animals, the plants.
And the drought left the city in a precarious position.
“We were in a hole,” says historian David Hays, author of the book Water and People.
“I mean, how could you not lose something like this?”
The people of Orolinda, located in California’s central valley, used their savings to build a new, smaller, and better-equipped community.
But by the turn of the century, they were experiencing the same problem as their neighbors.
The city was still too small to meet their needs.
They needed water.
In 1898, a drought-related drought forced the city to borrow money from the federal government.
The government allowed them to purchase the water from one of the reservoirs in the San Joaquin Valley and use it for a variety of uses.
The reservoir was the largest of its kind in the world at the time, and was filled to capacity.
The people used their money to purchase their own water and build a water-treatment plant.
This new water treatment plant would eventually become known as The Oroville Reservoir.
The residents of Orovinda could no longer live on the city’s own water, and it was becoming harder and harder to keep the city running.
By the early 1900s, Oroville had become a water purification plant.
The plant would take the water that was coming out of the city and treat it to the correct level.
Then, the water would be pumped back into the city.
Eventually, the plant was completed and the residents of the town could finally return to their water.
This water was pure, clean, and safe.
But that water also had an adverse effect on the environment.
When it flowed through the plant, the treatment process was toxic, according to Hays.
“This water could literally have a toxic effect on people who were drinking it, on people walking through it, and even on the fish that were eating it,” Hays says.
The treatment plants that operated during the Great California Drought were built to treat more than 20 million gallons of water per day.
The state’s drinking water was being used to treat less than 10 million gallons a day.
And even when it did reach people, the process left the water untreated.
In 1904, an earthquake struck the city, and its water treatment plants suffered massive damage.
By 1906, the government decided to start treating water from other sources to reduce the amount of water reaching the public.
In 1927, the Los Angeles Times reported that Los Angeles had become one of California’s most polluted cities, with residents of Watts and other parts of the metropolitan area drinking water contaminated with lead, arsenic, and other heavy metals