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.
In a sweeping legal fight that could affect drinking water supplies for thousands of Sacramento-area residents, two water districts near the old McClellan Air Force Base are suing the federal government for $1.4 billion to clean up the cancer-causing chemical hexavalent chromium from the area’s groundwater supplies.
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.
The Sacramento Committee of Water for People is featuring “Bowl with Water for People” on Wednesday, June 25, at the Country Club Lanes, 2500 Watt Avenue, Sacramento. Registration is 5:30-6 p.m. Bowling is from 6-8 p.m.
Late-hour motorists on Interstate 5 should expect long delays between Cottage Grove and Sutherlin tonight while an oversize load carrying a massive [Folsom] dam gate is transported through the area, the state Department of Transportation said Tuesday. …
“The Sacramento region as a whole has made strides to accommodate this year’s severe drought, cutting overall water use 18 percent compared with the past two years, according to the Regional Water Authority.”
From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):
“State Capitol lawns are turning brown in response to Governor Brown’s call for a 20 percent reduction in water use. Other landscape changes at the Capitol include replacing inefficient sprinkler heads with drip irrigation and adding mulch to flower beds and tree wells on the grounds of the oldest arboretum west of the Mississippi.”
“Thirty water conservation employees and four other City [of Sacramento] employees patrolled the city this morning [June 13] looking for people or businesses using water. Friday’s are a no-watering day in the city.”