San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews and other Silicon Valley leaders on Monday took big gulps of recycled water — filtered, cleaned and disinfected sewage — to show that it is safe and should be a growing part of Silicon Valley’s drinking water future.
With one emergency water supply already flowing in, the East Bay’s largest water district plans to buy three others to bolster its drought defenses. The East Bay Municipal Utility District board on Tuesday will consider authorizing the purchase of up to 21,000 acre feet of water from three Northern California suppliers with water to spare.
Despite a rally that attracted hundreds of supporters to the state Capitol, a proposed bill that would have expedited the environmental review process for two large reservoir projects failed to pass through committee.
State water regulators are set to release on Tuesday an updated plan for conservation during the drought after their previous water-use reduction targets have come under fire from some local water departments.
Seeking to accelerate San Diego’s efforts toward greater water independence, Mayor Kevin Faulconer will lobby Gov. Jerry Brown today for financial and regulatory help with the city’s $3.5 billion plan to recycle sewage into drinking water.
There’s an agricultural business saying: “It’s not what you sow, it’s what you reap that counts at the bank.” That’s how most farmers view the world, and it is that perspective that separates us from the environmental community.
The State Water Resources Control Board’s Deputy Director for Water Rights today [April 27] approved a request from the state’s two major water projects to allow more efficient transfers of water south of the Delta to address critical supply needs.
California regulators are moving with commendable speed to implement Governor Brown’s latest Executive Order directing a 25% reduction in urban water use…. But the Board took a sharp wrong turn when it’s second draft proposed to shield local water suppliers from their expected share of statewide water reductions based on their delivery of large amounts of drinking water to “commercial agriculture.”
The health, safety and economic well-being of 1.7 million residents and 30,000 businesses would be threatened if Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite National Park is drained, says a San Francisco water agency in reaction to a new lawsuit over the reservoir.
Earlier this year, the State Water Resources Control Board ordered more than 1,000 property owners to prove their water rights. This month, the board warned claim-holders to expect curtailments of their ability to divert water from rivers and streams.