In a ruling that Gov. Jerry Brown says puts a “straitjacket” on local governments trying to fight the severe statewide drought, an appeals court has found that an Orange County city’s tiered water rates are unconstitutional. … It comes shortly after Brown issued drought orders that call for rates that encourage people to save water, including tiered pricing.
Environmental groups Monday blasted a proposal by the state to jettison the habitat restoration portion of the massive delta water tunnel project as an ill-conceived “bait and switch” that will only make California’s water woes worse.
After hearing concerns from a coalition of local water suppliers and policy makers on the newest set of drought regulations, the State Water Resources Control Board included a clause within its draft rules that would ease up water mandates for areas with prolonged, ample water supplies.
An appellate court Monday struck down a Southern California city’s method of charging water users based on a tiered-rate system, a potential setback to municipalities across a parched state laboring to curtail water consumption under Gov. Jerry Brown’s recent order.
California lawmakers are considering a bill that would require the installation of water meters in each unit of newly constructed apartments. Democratic Senator Lois Wolk is author of the proposed legislation.
Under increasing pressure to slash water use during California’s ongoing drought, Beverly Hills is preparing to toughen watering rules and could decide to ban the refilling of pools and set fines as high as $1,000 for water wasters.
With California four years into a historical drought that has Bay Area hillsides already parched and brown, officials are warning of a potentially deadly fire season, and residents in fire-prone areas are even more on edge than in the past.
[Phyllis] Olson, a Hayward widow, learned a hard lesson in water conservation back in 1977. California was experiencing the worst drought on record and Olson found herself the unwitting poster girl for it.
[Los Angeles Times] Staff writer Diana Marcum won the 2015 feature writing [Pulitzer] prize for her searing portraits of farmers, fieldworkers and other Californians in drought-stricken towns in the Central Valley.
California needs Gov. Jerry Brown’s leadership to deal with the worst drought in state history. The state has to reset its water priorities to match both current and worst-case long-term needs. But Brown can’t make that happen as long as he clings to his $25 billion, twin-tunnel proposal to carry Delta water south.
Plenty of people were upset last week when they learned the water bond they voted for in November wasn’t what they thought they voted for. Proposition 1 was marketed in the north state as a way to provide the money to build Sites Reservoir.
Not just during drought but even in times of normal precipitation, there is something absurd about taking precious drinking water — imported at great cost from environmentally fragile areas hundreds of miles away, pumped over the mountains using enormous amounts of energy, filtered, treated and tested so as to be safe for human consumption — and spraying it on lawns and flowers.