That musty stench in your sink this week may be coming from Los Angeles drinking water across the San Fernando Valley. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power attributes “an earthy or musty odor” in tap water that has been the subject of complaints this week by Valley customers to a harmless algae bloom caused by downpours in the Owens Valley.
Bioswale projects on medians and other surfaces along a handful of the east San Fernando Valley’s major roadways could be pulling double-duty soon to help conserve rainwater, while adding more greenery, thanks in part to a $4 million grant from the state’s coastal and waterway conservancy.
Hollywood types usually drink bottled water originating from natural springs, exotic islands or, in the case of Perrier, a remote village in the south of France. At noon on Wednesday, as part of a free bottled water giveaway on Hollywood Boulevard, they’ll have a chance to become the first in the world to chug purified wastewater sourced from home toilets, showers and sinks supplied by the Orange County Water District.
On a recent, sweltering Monday afternoon, the winding road tracking the Whitewater River and leading up to the preserve of the same name was dotted with parked cars. Their drivers and riders could be found in the river or toweling off on its banks, in full view of signs letting them know the area was closed for the summer due to wildfire hazards.
It’s hot outside. Really hot. So hot, the National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for areas of Southern California, specifically the Inland areas through Wednesday, when temperatures could reach 112 degrees.
With Baja California pushing forward on its plan for a massive desalination plant in Rosarito Beach, a ground-breaking proposal to pipe some of that water to the United States has overcome a key hurdle. The U.S. State Department’s approval of a presidential permit marks a step forward for the Otay Water District and its vision for a cross-border pipeline to import the desalinated water from Mexico.