Growing weed is a intricate and precise science that requires more than just sticking a seed into some dirt. A lot goes into the process. One thing every marijuana grower is aware of is, marijuana is a “thirsty” plant, requiring a good amount of water to grow properly. The marijuana growers of Northern California (where the cultivation of marijuana is legal, yet restricted), know this all too well. To irrigate their crops, hundreds of growers siphon water from near, natural water sources, such as ponds, lakes and streams.
This practice has always been illegal, but law enforcement is now more concerned because California declared a statewide drought in January. Sheriff Thomas D. Allman has caught several growers illegally siphoning water from streams and wells since mid-July. Law enforcement was tipped off when they ran dry so fast.
There are many stories and many accounts of this happening. More details can be seen here.