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Join the club, California: load-shedding, water outages hit Golden State

As temperatures soar, drought bites and wildfires rage, residents are being urged to cut consumption or face outages

David R Baker, Brian K Sullivan and Mark Chediak

Californians once greeted hot summers by blasting airconditioners and filling pools. No longer.

Battered by drought and heatwaves that are straining the power grid, the Golden State is asking residents to make do with less water and electricity, just when they really want to use both. It’s an uncomfortable new normal for a state that used to celebrate summer.

Power grid managers have sent urgent pleas on three of the past four days, begging residents to cut their electricity use to stave off blackouts. And these calls are becoming a standard part of the summer, as residents are forced to adapt their lifestyles to the changing climate...

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