Step by step, sewage flows through the city’s Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant in the San Fernando Valley. Ultimately, the cleaned effluent flows into lakes and rivers. … Mayor Eric Garcetti, who prefers the term “showers to flowers” instead of “toilet to tap,” also lobbied for groundwater cleanup funds.
When President Ronald Reagan was pushing for offshore oil drilling on the edges of Monterey Bay in the mid-1980s, Santa Cruz voters fought back, approving a ballot measure that banned construction of all storage tanks, pipelines and other oil equipment in the city. … Now, nearly 30 years later, the same David vs. Goliath tactic is being used farther from shore.
After sidelining opponents and steadying the state’s finances, the quirky 76-year-old Democrat [Gov. Jerry Brown] is looking to put his stamp on the state’s water and transportation infrastructure and playing statesman on global climate change, recently addressing a UN Climate Change conference.
Along this patch of the Pacific Ocean, welders and pipefitters nearly outnumber the surfers and sunbathers. … They are building the Carlsbad Desalination Project, which will convert as much as 56 million gallons of seawater each day into drinking water for San Diego County residents.
San Joaquin County is missing out on millions of dollars in state grants to fight the drought, in part because some private landowners are reluctant to share confidential information about their wells.
Lingering drought has helped push Lake Tahoe’s water level below its natural rim for the first time in five years, cutting off flows into the Truckee River, which has been reduced to a shallow stream as it meanders down the Sierra through Reno.
Broken sprinklers, water running on streets and neighbors hosing down driveways are increasingly prompting complaints to water agencies as drought-conscious residents across the Coachella Valley are reporting incidents of waste.
Water has become a huge issue in the desert. On our You’ve Got Issues Facebook group, Vic Yepello of Palm Springs writes that homeowners associations are violating the rules about watering during daylight hours.
In a final effort to rid thousands of invasive fish from the Presidio’s historic Mountain Lake and make room for native species, biologists will use a standard fish-killing chemical called rotenone, park officials said this week.
Because of restrictions on burning, California hospital representatives say their only option appears to be trucking the waste over public highways and incinerating it in another state — a prospect that makes some environmental advocates uneasy. … Dr. David Perrott, chief medical officer for the California Hospital Assn., said there was also confusion about whether infected human waste could be flushed down the toilet.
In the midst of a historic drought, public health officials are searching for clues as to why cases of West Nile virus have exploded statewide since last year, making this season the worst for human infections in California since 2005.
“My Name Is Water” details how [Justin] Arana brought the most basic and most treasured of life’s necessities to the Mozambique village. A local aid organization would pay for a well for the village, but it was Arana who found a contractor to drill it, worked with local government officials and the local chief and handled all the haggling and red tape involved in getting the project done.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s run for a fourth term may be the quietest gubernatorial campaign since Earl Warren ran as a Republican and Democrat and won with 90 percent of the vote in 1946. … We remain skeptical of Brown’s proposal to build twin tunnels to move water past the Delta.