According to the Bakersfield Californian, Florn Core, water resources manager for the city of Bakersfield, said the city has several programs to blunt the effects of a drought. A large ground water basin and several water banks, which are operated by various water agencies, should keep the faucets flowing.
“Speaking for Bakersfield, the emergency really will not affect us too much,” he said. “We have not had to impose rationing through two droughts. At the same time, we are asking people to conserve.” Entire article at below link.
The above article is what caused me to be surprised when our town decided to ration water. Our town is much like Bakersfield and has gone through droughts without rationing.