Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Californians step up, meet state goals for water conservation

Drought-ravaged Californians and the water agencies that serve them cut water use 27.3 percent in June — the second time that communities statewide met the governor’s 25 percent goal, but the first time they did so under the threat of fines.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Calif. judge says she’ll likely uphold farmer water cuts

California’s demand for lower agricultural water use during the drought will likely survive a legal challenge, a judge indicated Thursday.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Central Valley board allows wastewater disposal to continue despite contamination

The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board ignored its own staff recommendation and voted to let Valley Water Management Co. continue disposing of excess wastewater by spraying it on hillsides for another 21/2 years.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Concerns rise over environmental impact of Carlsbad desalination plant

A water conservation group argued in court this week that the San Diego County Water Authority needs to do more to account for the potential environmental effects of its upcoming projects, particularly the water desalination plant scheduled to open in Carlsbad.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Calif. zeroes in on conservation stragglers amid drought

California residents heeded the call to turn off sprinklers in the first month of mandated water conservation, leading to a 27 percent plunge in June.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

State reduced water use 27 percent in June, hitting conservation target

California residents reduced their water use 27 percent in June, beating a state-mandated target during the crucial first month of summer, according to figures released Thursday by the State Water Resources Control Board. … The [Sacramento] region’s residents responded in June by cutting usage by roughly 35 percent.

Aquafornia news Capitol Weekly

A torrid June, but water usage cut

Despite the hottest June on record, Californians cut back on their water use statewide by by 27.3 percent statewide compared with June 2013, a reduction that exceeded the level ordered in the governor’s emergency drought regulations.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Californians cut water usage by 27% in June, but officials remain wary

Despite record heat, drought-conscious Californians managed to slash urban water use by 27% in June and demonstrated once again that they were on track to meet Gov. Jerry Brown’s historic 25% conservation order, state water officials said Thursday.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Stockton hits 41 percent water conservation

San Joaquin and Calaveras counties mostly passed their first big test under new mandatory water conservation rules, saving anywhere from 28 percent to 41 percent in June, state officials said Thursday.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Two local suppliers miss state water goals

Two Humboldt County water suppliers are now under the eye of the State Water Resources Control Board after failing to cut back on their water use during the first month of state-mandated conservation in June.

Aquafornia news Whittier Daily News

Whittier to spend $54,300 on water conservation program

City officials plan to spend $54,300 in an effort to persuade residents to voluntarily conserve water. The goal is to meet the state-mandated target of a 20-percent reduction from 2013.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Dry wells: Homeowners in Stanislaus County can apply for temporary water supply

Working with the nonprofit Self-Help Enterprises, the drought relief program will furnish a tank and small pump to restore water for homeowners with dry wells. … The costs are covered by the $1 billion drought relief package approved by Gov. Jerry Brown in March, officials said.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Cal Am admits using consultant’s patented technology on desal project

California American Water officials have acknowledged using patented slant well technology by Geoscience president Dennis Williams in the Monterey Peninsula desalination project after previously denying it.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Drought tightens grip in Western U.S. as wildfires spread

The U.S. Drought Monitor released July 30 shows “moderate to exceptional drought maintained its hold on the West” despite above-normal precipitation in parts of California, Nevada and the Pacific Northwest last week.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

L.A.’s general fund stands to gain from proposed DWP rate hikes

Officials have argued that a series of increases in Los Angeles water and power rates are needed to improve the city’s crumbling water pipes and aging utility poles and to boost water conservation.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Devastating floods might be more common than we thought, study says

Keep the sandbags handy. Previous flood assessments have underestimated the actual risk of dangerous floods in many parts of the country, according to a new study.

Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)

State launches Web portal to report water waste and notify local agencies

In an effort to ratchet up water conservation even higher in California, state officials today announced the launch of SaveWater.CA.Gov, a new mobile-optimized website that allows residents to send pictures of water waste or simply report it from their smartphones, tablets and computers. The reports are then filed directly with the local water agency where the alleged waste is occurring.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

#drylandsCA – The drought hits home, even in the city

We’re on the back side of a Chico mall. … I [Diana Marcum] decide to run a tiny drought poll.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Drought-dry Lake Mead recedes to unveil long-submerged Wild West town

Eighty years after being flooded by the waters of Lake Mead, an old Wild West town has become a major tourist attraction after revealing itself again thanks to the ongoing drought.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Fluoride debate hits Colorado’s largest water utility

Colorado’s largest supplier of public drinking water is in the midst of a debate over how much fluoride – if any – to put into its delivery system after the federal government announced new standards in April.