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2026 Los Angeles water crisis (First Century)

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The 2026 Los Angeles water crisis occurred in The city of Los Angeles from March 7, 2026 to June 16, 2026. Los Angeles was the 3rd major city to run out of water, and the first one in the United States. This water crisis is largely known for causing a massive shift in American politics, changing the mindsets of many Americans, and causing the rise of the Liberty Party.

Backstory

The Eastern Sierra Mountains were where Los Angeles received most of its water from, but in Summer 2021, which was the hottest year on record, snow melted earlier, leaving Los Angeles dry for most of the summer. This strained most of the other water sources, and it was made especially worse when California lost a bid for water generated by the Hoover Dam to Arizona. In 2025, L.A city officials designated September 13, 2027 as "Day Zero", however this was pushed forward to 2026 after the bursting of the California Aqueduct.

Water services to parks and recreational areas was prohibited on December 5, 2024, and each household was limited to 4.5 gallons of water a day as per new regulations set forth on July 10, 2025.

Day Zero

On March 7, 2026, residents of most of Los Angeles County stopped receiving water in their taps. New regulations had been put in place to delay Day Zero, however it was already predicted as March 7 since early 2025. National Guard Convoys were sent on March 10 to deliver water to thristy residents.

The Rewater Corporation had recently built desalination plants in San Diego, and after a $12 million deal, agreed to build desalination plants in Long Beach, Huntington Beach, and Santa Monica. These would not be completed until after the crisis in September 2027. It also agreed to send regular convoy trucks between a water processing plant in Central Valley to the parched Los Angeles area.

Congress narrowly passed and signed the Water Restoration Act of 2026 in November, after a ridiculously protracted law-passing process marred with partisan threats and bickering, showing the sorry state of the overall political landscape in the United States in the latter half of the 2020s. This act allowed some parts of Los Angeles County to have tap water again. However, full restoration of water did not occur until September 2027.

Effects

The water crisis, although a serious environmental and humanitarian issue, was deemed a partisan issue by both sides of the political spectrum, as with pretty much every single issue, big or small, during the peak of the Era of Political Upheaval, and help was incredibly prolonged due to political infighting, bickering, and threats. This state of affairs outraged many Americans, and many blamed the "divided, unorganized, and completely failed government" for the debacle, as put by one political commentator. It caused the rise of nationalism, especially in Republican states, and was a major factor in the events of the 2026 midterm elections and the 2028 presidential election, and was also instrumental to the founding of the Liberty Party.

During the Water Crisis, multiple protests occured within the Los Angeles area, as well as in other portions of the nation. These protests are considered to be part of the Anti-Establishment Protests that covered a range of political spectrums and issues, and was mostly a ploy that tried (and succeeded) to undermine the existing political parties and replace them with parties rhat “accurately reflected the political views and rationale of the American people instead of furthering their own selfish gains at the expense of the American People”.