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Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Sacramento permanently limits lawn watering despite record rainfall

The Sacramento City Council voted Tuesday to make permanent twice-a-week outdoor watering restrictions despite Gov. Jerry Brown in April lifting a drought state of emergency for California after record-setting winter rainfall.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Beautify your yard with free WaterSmart program

If you’re thinking of landscaping as a DIY project or with the help of professionals, check out the San Diego County Water Authority’s WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Program before getting started.

Aquafornia news National Geographic

Blog: California dairies join forces with conservationists and an irrigation supplier to save water and reduce groundwater pollution

For most of us, dairy products like milk, butter, cheese, and yogurt are an integral part of our daily diets. In fact, US residents consume on average more than 600 pounds of dairy products (expressed on a milk-equivalent basis) per year, according to the US Department of Agriculture. Some 9 million dairy cows meet that demand, and growing their feed and quenching their thirst consumes a great deal of water.

Aquafornia news Burbank Leader

Nestlé teaches children about water conservation and sustainability

The local Nestlé employees received training from the Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) Foundation to come up with interactive activities to help teach the 125 children from the local Boys & Girls Club about various topics.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

From a dead lawn to an ‘evolving art piece’ where something is always in bloom

In September 2013, Giovanna Melton purchased a 1950 home in Valley Glen that was situated on a charming tree-lined street filled with traditional homes and lawns. At the time, it was Los Angeles’s driest year on record, but Melton didn’t have to worry about watering her lawn.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Sacramento considers extending water restrictions

A proposal to make some of Sacramento’s drought-related watering restrictions permanent is making its way through the city council.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Q&A: City-wide study shows how much water urban landscaping really uses

In 2010, Los Angeles used enough water irrigating lawns to meet the needs of nearly a half-million average households for a year. That’s according to a new study by scientists at the University of Utah, who conducted what they say is the first city-scale assessment of water consumed by landscaping.

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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Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Blame L.A.? Not So Fast, Southern California Water Officials Say

From the San Jose Mercury News:

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.

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