Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Why your water provider is fighting California’s ban on watering sidewalks

The State Water Resources Control Board’s proposal to impose permanent conservation rules – such as prohibiting hosing down driveways, watering lawns less than two days after it rains and washing a car without attaching a shut-off nozzle to the hose – ran into a cascade of opposition.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: California water use back to pre-drought levels

California’s water conservation habits, refined and improved over five years of drought, are quickly evaporating. For the seventh time in the last eight months, the amount of water saved by urban Californians has declined, according to new data from the State Water Resources Control Board.

Aquafornia news Capitol Weekly

Amid rains, drought fears loom

After a historically wet season last year, relatively little precipitation has fallen this year in California during two of the three historically wettest months. Officials are urging stricter water conservation and caution drier months ahead. After last week’s rains, the Sierra snowpack — a critical factor in water availability — climbed to just 39 percent of normal.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

State water savings dip close to zero in January

The State Water Resources Control Board reported Tuesday that statewide water savings were just 0.8 percent in January compared to January 2013, the benchmark pre-drought year.

Aquafornia news Courthouse News Service

Crops engineered to conserve water without drop in yield

A new technique enables crops to use water 25 percent more efficiently without compromising yield, according to a study published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications.

Aquafornia news The Wall Street Journal

Editorial: California’s water hole

Storms like the one that have doused arid California in recent days are cause for celebration, but also for better conservation.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Utah, America’s thirstiest state, wrestles with unmetered water use

If you live in Utah, chances are good that you’re getting a sweet deal on water for your lawn and landscaping. In fact, you might be paying next to nothing for it, at least compared to nearly everywhere else in the West.

Western Water Gary Pitzer Layperson's Guide to Climate Change and Water Resources Gary Pitzer

The Drought May Be Over, But California Still Wants Residents to Act Like It’s On Forever
State considers adopting permanent wise water use rules starting in April

For decades, no matter the weather, the message has been preached to Californians: use water wisely, especially outdoors, which accounts for most urban water use.

Enforcement of that message filters to the local level, where water agencies routinely target the notorious “gutter flooder” with gentle reminders and, if necessary, financial penalties.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

‘Water Cops’ Being Hired By Bay Area Agencies to Root Out Water Waste

From the San Jose Mercury News:

California’s worsening drought and mandatory new state water rules are prompting Bay Area water agencies to beef up their conservation staffs — the employees sometimes called “water cops.”

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Q&A: City of Sacramento Watching for Water Run-off, Watering Violations

From The Sacramento Bee:

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.

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Aquafornia news Desert Sun

Coachella Valley Residents Change Habits During California Drought

From The Desert Sun:

In the midst of one of its worst droughts in decades, Californians are being told to cut back on water use or pay a price. Many Coachella Valley residents say they are doing their best to comply.

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

California’s New Water-waste Penalty Also Applies to Government, But Who Will Enforce It?

From The Sacramento Bee:

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.

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Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)

ACWA’s Tim Quinn Discusses New State Regulations on PBS News Hour

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.

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Blog: Drought Watch — Our Thirsty Lawns

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.

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Aquafornia news Associated Press

California Drought Doesn’t End Brown Lawn Warnings

From the Associated Press:

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.

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Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Wasting Water? Fear Ratting Neighbors, Not Relentless Cops

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

If you decide to spray-wash your driveway in the middle of the drought, God forbid, the cops aren’t likely to show up at your doorstep. It’s more likely your neighbor will rat you out.

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Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Saving Water Could Cost California Water Agencies

From Capital Public Radio:

Conserving water could cost some California water agencies according to a notice issued today [July 17] from Moody’s Investors Service.

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Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Editorial: Why Water Rates Should Rise

From the Santa Cruz Sentinel:

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.

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Editorial: Punished for Saving Water — A Drought Catch-22

From the Los Angeles Times:

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.

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Aquafornia news Associated Press

Officials: Complacency Drives Hike In Water Use

From the Associated Press:

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.

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