Episode 640: The Bottom Of The Well : Planet Money Today on the show: the economics of drought, and why the rational thing to do in California right now is use more water.

Episode 640: The Bottom Of The Well

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Pistachio trees in California's drought-stricken Central Valley.
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Note: This episode originally ran in 2015.

California is looking at a drought again. The last drought in California made life inconvenient in a lot of ways, from water rationing to taps actually running dry.

The thing is, then and now, there's actually still water in the ground. There are water aquifers literally underneath many of those homes with empty faucets. But the water level has gotten so low that they can't reach it anymore.

But there are people still getting this water--and you can see it across acres of lush, California farmland. Farmers. Today on the show, we find out why the most lucrative thing you can do in California right now is to use more and more of the scarce resource, water.

Music: "Cowboy Country" by and "Blues Swagger."

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