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For some Californians, effects of punishing drought, not more than

  • In this photo taken on April 10, 2017, is David Miguel in his home in the community of Hardwick in the San Joaquin Valley, where the drought has yet to loosen its grip on some of the inhabitants living in the vicinity of Hanford, California. State officials lifted the drought emergency for much of California, but thousands of people, if Miguel still lives on the water tanks because their wells ran dry. (AP Photo/Scott Smith)

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  • In this photo taken on April 10, 2017 cartons of bottled drinking water are to be seen in Hardwick, a small community in the San Joaquin Valley, where the drought yet to loosen its grip on some of the inhabitants living in the vicinity of Hanford, California. State officials lifted the drought emergency for much of California, but thousands of people still live on a water tanks and bottled water provided by means of a state emergency fund because their wells went dry. (AP Photo/Scott Smith)

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  • In this photo taken on April 10, 2017, birds flying over the Kings River swollen with water from rain and melting snow in the Sierra Nevada in the vicinity of Hanford, California. State officials lifted the drought emergency for much of the state, but drought is still loose from the grip on the thousands living in the San Joaquin Valley, where the domestic wells dry, forcing them to wash and to flush toilets with water from the tanks next to their houses. (AP Photo/Scott Smith)

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HANFORD, California. – Despite record rain and snow, the California drought emergency has not yet ended for thousands of people in four rural counties.

In the agriculture-rich San Joaquin Valley, many residents with dried up wells still have water delivered to large tanks in their yards to wash dishes and bathe.

It is one of the few alternatives remain.

Scientists at the Stanford University and NASA say excessive pumping of wells during the drought has permanently tapped from a number of underground sources of water that will never recover.

Officials say that nearly 2,400 wells dried up at the height of the five-year drought, affecting 12,000 people.

David Miguel, who lives in a rural area, surrounded by orchards, is waiting on a grant to connect his home to a community after his own went dry.

The retired farmer relies on the water supplies and laughs when he hears that Gov. Jerry Brown recently declared a drought was over for most of California.

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