The ongoing drought in the West means more water is being drawn from underground, some say at an alarming rate.
New home sales fell in December in Western U.S.
Sales of new homes in the Western U.S. were down in December. Nationwide, new home sales fell in December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 369,000, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.
That’s down from 398,000 in November, the fastest rate of sales in more than two years.
In the Western part
Still, the rate of new home sales for all of last year was the highest it’s been since 2009 … but well below the level that many economists consider healthy.