Placer County's water troubles started about three weeks ago when Bear River Canal, which is owned by Pacific Gas and Electric, was damaged in a landslide. The canal is the primary source of water for the county.
Joe Parker is the financial director for the Placer County Water Association.
He says Placer County is expecting to pay one million dollars a month during the summer to pump water uphill from the American River. The agency usually spends about half of that in an entire year on water.
"That would be part of the costs that we would be looking at as far as can we get some type of support either through emergency actions through the state and county."