For Californians with traditional water meters, conservation is more or less a guessing game as they await their monthly bill detailing usage. But some utilities have done away with the guesswork by installing smart meters, which provide customers with real-time consumption data.
Cal Fire says four years of drought and the timing of the rains this spring have combined to make 2015 the worst fire conditions on record. About a dozen fire chiefs kicked off Wildfire Awareness Week in Pollock Pines on Monday.
An emergency $6.7 million plan to make the State Water Project’s California Aqueduct flow backward for roughly 100 miles to bring water from the Bakersfield area to Silicon Valley has been shelved for this year.
Last month, the State Water Resources Control Board ordered Mission Springs Water District, which serves Desert Hot Springs, Whitewater and several unincorporated Riverside County communities, to cut its water usage by 32 percent. … Mission Springs has appealed the order, arguing that it doesn’t account for the significant cuts its users have made in the past few years.
With Gov. Jerry Brown ordering commercial and industrial users to join residents in cutting water use in the drought-stricken state, local beverage companies Sierra Nevada and Smucker Natural Foods are working on plans without affecting their products.
For the second time in less than a month, Monterey Peninsula business leaders are seeking a legal and technical analysis of California American Water’s desalination project in an effort to sniff out any issues that could potentially further delay or derail the proposal.
With mandatory water restrictions come water cops and drought shaming – what some call tattling on wasteful neighbors. But a group of [San Diego] mid-city residents has found a new strategy for coping with drought.
Despite concerns from some residents, scientists say two recent earthquakes centered in the Baldwin Hills area — including one Sunday morning — do not appear to be connected to drilling operations at nearby oil fields.
Penn State University researchers detected in one of the water wells a minute amount of a chemical compound often found in drilling and fracking fluids, according to the study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The California drought has had a pronounced effect on the animal kingdom — salmon are getting stuck up dry riverbeds, bears are wandering farther in search of food and water, and newts have stayed in hibernation longer, perhaps because it’s not wet enough to come out.
In response to The Sacramento Bee’s editorial (“Limiting Delta restoration goals, promising more,” May 1), we want to underscore the importance of moving forward with Gov. Jerry Brown’s “California Water Fix” to accelerate restoration of the Delta’s ecosystem and fix the state’s aging water infrastructure. The historic drought has shown that we simply can’t afford to wait to address our state’s growing water crisis.