In a recent op-ed by Contra Costa Water District board president Lisa M. Borba and Central Contra Costa Sanitary District director Paul H. Causey, the duo state that California’s efforts to advance water efficiency will diminish recycled water investments and disincentivize future recycled water projects. As a civil engineer/water policy analyst who has worked on California water issues for 15 years, I [Tracy Quinn, NRDC] draw the exact opposite conclusion: Water efficiency and conservation measures complement investments in recycled water.
Golf course architect Andy Staples is one person working to change the golf industry. He recently completed a redesign of Rockwind Community Links, owned by the city of Hobbs, New Mexico, earning it recognition from Golf Digest as one of the top 10 new courses in North America. The redesign was intended not only to save water, but to welcome women and youth golfers. It also opened the grounds to non-golfers with amenities such as hiking trails, an events hall, picnic areas and public access to a 5-acre lake.
A lot of houses are off-the-grid where electricity is concerned, thanks to solar panels, wind turbines and battery banks. Far fewer can say the same about water. Now there is one in Bend, Oregon, dubbed the Desert Rain House, that boasts a completely closed-loop water system. … The home was designed by architect Al Tozer of Tozer Design, also based in Bend. It was built to satisfy the Living Building Challenge, a sustainable development process that is more rigorous than the LEED standards for green design most people have heard about.
With California in a severe drought, the State Water Resources Control Board ruled last week that some cases of water waste could be treated as criminal infractions. … The Sacramento Bee asked Sacramento utilities director Dave Brent how the city was dealing with the state’s latest ruling.
In a little-noticed provision of the regulations adopted Tuesday, the State Water Resources Control Board declared that public agencies – in addition to individuals and businesses – can be prosecuted for a criminal infraction and fined $500 per day for certain categories of water waste.
From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):
The recent mandatory water restrictions put in place by the state were the topic of an interview on July 16 by Judy Woodruff during the PBS News Hour of Timothy Quinn, ACWA Executive Director, and Craig Miller of KQED. Much of the focus of the interview was on just how serious the drought is and why the regulations are necessary right now.
From the PPIC Viewpoints blog, in a post by Caitrin Chappelle, Ellen Hanak and Jeffrey Mount:
The unprecedented restrictions on outdoor water use that the state enacted this week send a message that Californians need to conserve more water. But we can do more to move toward sustainable consumption.
On the same day the state approved mandatory outdoor watering restrictions with the threat of $500 fines, the Southern California couple received a letter from their city threatening a $500 penalty for not watering their brown lawn.
The state Water Resources Control Board released a survey this week that revealed that Californians actually have increased their water use amid the worst drought in decades — despite a spirited public-relations campaign about saving water.
Talk about mixed messages: While Gov. Jerry Brown is warning that California faces its worst drought since record-keeping began and regulators have approved fines of up to $500 for wasting water, some Southern California cities are continuing to issue warnings and citations to residents who let their lawns go brown.
The coastal region was cited along with the northeast corner of the state in a study released Tuesday as areas that saw significant increases in water use, even as Gov. Jerry Brown called for Californians to cut use by 20 percent.
California’s north-south water rivalry revved up Wednesday, a day after a state survey showed that while most of the drought-ravaged state modestly reduced its water consumption, coastal Southern California is headed in the wrong direction.
The State Water Board acted Tuesday to set minimum standards for water conservation, with the ability of local water providers to issue fines for blatant water use. But local water providers said residents are doing their part, overall.
California water officials on Tuesday approved a $500 fine to be imposed on water wasters and other measure to improve water conservation during the drought. Here are some answers to questions about Tuesday’s action: