This week’s edition of Vida has three stories about water. In one of the stories, I featured three individuals – a farmer, a farmworker, and a businessman – all of whom have been impacted by the lack of water in the Westlands Water District, which covers most of west Fresno County.
Below are short videos of these three individuals. In the video clips, they explain how the three-year-long drought and the resulting water shortage have affected them, and explain why they are participating in this week’s California March for Water.
I encourage you to check out these videos. In doing these interviews, I’ve learned that everyone on the west side of Fresno County has a story about how the water shortage has impacted them personally. I hope these videos help put a human face on a very tough issue.
Meet Bob Diedrich, who has been farming in the Valley for 40 years.
Meet Véronica Quinteros, who emigrated from Oaxaca to Mendota in order to give her children a better life.
Meet Felipe González, who owns González Towing and Transport in Mendota. He has watched as his community has become “completely paralyzed.”