Image: Impacts from the drought vary across California but all states are suffering and wildfires, once seasonal, are now a year-round threat. Photo / AP [Click image to enlarge]
In November 1913, engineer William Mulholland opened a sluice gate to inaugurate the Los Angeles Aqueduct - built to carry water from the Owens Valley 375km south to the city - and declared: "There it is. Take it."
Californians have been taking it, and water from elsewhere, ever since. Mulholland believed if you build they will come. Home to 2.3 million in 1913, by 2012 California had 38 million people. Cheap water made it possible.
But just as Mulholland cast a long shadow over the state's history, a darker shade now threatens the future of the world's 12th largest economy.
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