Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Millions in federal dollars aim to improve long-term water conservation

California is getting about $33 million in federal money for water recycling, irrigation improvements and other conservation projects in a new round of funding for water and energy efficiency projects in Western states.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Delta farmers offer to take 25 percent less water

Dozens of California farmers whose century-old claims to rivers and streams have assured them a nearly endless water supply, at least up until now, are offering to give up a quarter of their water in exchange for a guarantee that the drought-plagued state won’t come clamoring for a whole lot more.  … State officials have not yet acted on the offer.

Aquafornia news City News Service

Drought-minded protesters want Nestle to stop bottling water at Los Angeles plant

Protesters rallied outside a Nestle water-bottling plant in Los Angeles today [May 20], demanding that the company halt its operations in response to the state’s drought. A simultaneous rally was held at a plant in Sacramento.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

As California thirsts, these apps help save water (with video)

California’s drought is a powerful reminder of the vulnerability and precious nature of our water resources. To become more responsible with water usage and waste, a few apps can help people learn about and reduce their water consumption.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Water truck renters suspected of illegally tapping Sacramento fire hydrant

Sacramento officials say two men could face up to $1,000 fines for illegally tapping a city fire hydrant and taking thousands of gallons of water. The suspected water theft was spotted by city police officers who were leaving a protest at the nearby Nestle’s water bottling facility shortly after noon Wednesday.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Daily News

Commentary: California needs to modernize its major water projects

Say you built a new house. A big, sturdy house, designed to meet the needs of your family for generations to come. After 30 years, the roof starts leaking. The furnace breaks. The paint peels, and wood trim begins to rot. Would you make repairs?

Aquafornia news Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC)

Blog: “Water 101” podcast covers challenges, solutions

What do Californians need to know about our water system to be able to grasp the big management challenges we face—both in times of drought and for the longer term? Jeffrey Mount reveals all in a conversation with Joint Venture Silicon Valley CEO Russell Hancock. 

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Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: California farmers propose voluntary cuts

Farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta who have California’s oldest water rights are proposing to voluntarily cut their use by 25 percent to avoid the possibility of even harsher restrictions by the state later this summer as the record drought continues.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Humboldt County formally requests promised Trinity River flows

The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted unanimously to send a letter to the federal government making a formal request for its promised 50,000 acre-feet of Trinity River water in advance of another summer of drought and possible litigation.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Owens Valley ranchers and environmentalists brought together by drought (with video)

The drought has worked a miracle in the Owens Valley, as environmental activists and ranchers have buried decades of enmity to forge a plan to save ranch land — at the expense of hard-fought environmental protections.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

People support water conservation, in theory

Californians widely support Gov. Jerry Brown’s call for mandatory water cuts amid the deepening drought, according to a new poll of state residents — but many don’t know if they can pitch in.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Tough choice for Delta farmers

A plan under consideration by the state will allow farmers who claim senior riparian rights to continue taking water later this summer, if they will agree now to leave 25 percent of their land barren, or to conserve 25 percent of the water they would normally use.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Silicon Valley faces sweeping water cuts

Nearly 1 million Silicon Valley residents will face strict water quotas — and pricey premiums for going over — under what will soon be the Bay Area’s most far-reaching rationing plan in four years of drought.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

Town fights turning on long-installed water meters

Morada, located northeast of Stockton, is one of three small towns in the county where water meters have been installed that aren’t being used because of Proposition 218. The other two, Acampo and Fairway Estates, surround Lodi.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

Dublin water district reduces rates as a reward for saving

Some 80,000 people in Dublin and San Ramon are getting lower water rates because they have done a good job of saving in the drought.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Despite drought, Desert Water Agency not raising rates for water wasters

With mandatory 36 percent cutbacks looming, the Desert Water Agency has no plans to change the low, flat rate it charges for water.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles DWP takes first step toward possible rate increases

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power took a first step Tuesday toward possible rate increases as it tries to address aging infrastructure that has resulted in spectacular water pipe breaks and other problems.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Members of Congress from California, Oregon, Washington seek full quake warning funding

Three dozen members of Congress from California, Oregon and Washington are urging full funding of a West Coast earthquake early warning system.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Fresno’s dilemma: Save water or pollute the air?

The [Fresno] council on Thursday will consider an emergency water-conservation law that, among other things, would give City Hall authority to suspend its hydrant-meter program.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Rising temps to bring dry end to Southern California’s poor rainy season

Temperatures are expected to heat up toward the end of next week, signaling a dry, disappointing and foreboding end to the region’s rainy season as four years of low precipitation continue.