POTSDAM, California — In one of the largest cities in the U.S., the city of Oakland is asking residents to start using water from the nearby river and other sources.
The city’s water bureau said Wednesday that residents should start using bottled water starting on Tuesday and the tap water will be purified by a company that will provide it to people and businesses.
More than 300,000 people have signed a petition asking Oakland to start providing water from a river that feeds into the bay.
It comes amid a water crisis that has hit the city hard as millions of residents struggle to get clean drinking water.
Oakland was one of five U.A.E. cities that declared a state of emergency in April after the San Francisco Bay Area suffered a record drought that led to a mass evacuation of the city and surrounding counties.
In recent days, the city has started using bottled and purified water.