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Nicasio Reservoir in Marin County on Oct. 13.

Nicasio Reservoir in Marin County on Oct. 13.

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
Climate Adaptation

One of California’s Wealthiest Counties Could Run Out of Water Next Summer

To increase supply during the severe drought, Marin County is considering buying water from agricultural areas and piping it across the San Francisco Bay.

Welcome to the future in Marin County, one where a $2 million house with an ocean view doesn’t necessarily come with a reliable water supply.

Water managers are taking extraordinary measures to keep faucets flowing should the state enter a third year of a punishing drought this winter. That this affluent redwood-studded ecotopia faces such a possibility, though, is a harbinger of a climate-constrained destiny that is fast arriving.