Soon Californians will know exactly how much their water utilities are leaking. Senate Bill 555, a law passed by the state Legislature in 2015, requires large urban water utilities – those treating more than 3,000 acre-feet (3.7 million cubic meters) of water annually or with more than 3,000 connections – to file water loss audits starting in October. There are 410 utilities subject to the law.
If you pay your water bill through doxo, billionaire Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is probably pretty happy. The Coachella Valley Water District, less so. The desert’s largest water agency sued the Seattle-based startup in federal court this week, arguing the company is infringing on CVWD’s trademark.
In his 100-day action plan to “Make America Great Again,” President Trump proposed privatization as the best strategy for fixing the country’s infrastructure, including roads, bridges and water systems. That’s already happened in Lake County’s Lucerne and other small towns like it throughout California — and it’s not working out very well for people like the Cruz family.
People in this quirky hamlet have looked forward for years to a planned Alameda Creek watershed center that would provide a central public place to visit and play, as well as greater access to Sunol Water Temple, a 60-foot-tall monument.
The crystalline waters of Fall Creek erupted into luminous whitewater Thursday as it rushed down the steps of the fish ladder. “We’re incredibly fortunate to have such clear and cold water year-round,” said San Lorenzo Valley Water District’s environmental programs manager Jen Michelsen as she watched from above.
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.
More than a month after Coyote Creek spilled its banks and flooded surrounding neighborhoods, city leaders Thursday said some 500 families remain unable to return home and pleaded with property owners to help house them.
Water leaders are looking deeper into whether signature gatherers committed fraud to prompt a recall of Oakdale Irrigation District board member Linda Santos, throwing into question the status of the April 25 ballot. In other action Tuesday evening, staff unveiled potential boundaries for voting divisions within OID and announced that the district expects to sell no surplus Stanislaus River water this year to outsiders – a major source of income in years past.
On the same day the Weather Service’s official rain gauge at the Redding Municipal Airport hit 40.43 inches, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced water allocations for Northern California agencies such as the city of Redding and Bella Vista Water District.
It hasn’t rained for a month, but water has been flowing for weeks through the Whitewater Wash and onto Cathedral Canyon Drive in Cathedral City. You can blame high temperatures and all the snow that fell during our unusually cold winter.
With ample rainfall and an above-average snowpack, west side San Joaquin Valley growers were hoping the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation would give them a 100 percent allocation of water this year from the Central Valley Project. They were wrong.
Concern over the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s management of Anderson Dam bubbled to the surface at a meeting Wednesday night to update the public on a project to replace the structure, which spilled over in February for the 11th time in its 67-year history, resulting in some of the worst flooding San Jose has seen in decades.
California farmers have a sympathetic president in the White House and have enjoyed one of the wettest winters on record. But those in a giant swath of the San Joaquin Valley, one of the most productive agricultural regions in the country, are due to get only two-thirds of their water allotment this year from the federal government.
The Bureau of Reclamation today [March 22] announced the 2017 water supply allocation for the remaining Central Valley Project contractors. On Feb. 28, 2017, Reclamation announced the water supply allocation for CVP contractors in the Friant Division (Millerton Reservoir), Eastside Division (New Melones Reservoir), and the American River Division (Folsom Reservoir). The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) reports that as of March 20, the statewide average snow water equivalent in the Sierra Nevada was 44 inches, as compared to 25 inches last year.
Farmers in a vast agricultural region of California will receive a significantly greater amount of irrigation water this summer compared to past drought years – but not their full supply, federal officials announced Wednesday.
A second opening of the Don Pedro Reservoir spillway is unlikely this year, managers said Tuesday, despite a “staggering” amount of snow waiting to melt. … The snowpack in the Tuolumne watershed stood at 186 percent of average as of Monday.
The North Marin Water District has embarked on a pilot program that will feed data to its headquarters in real time, a change that will help the public and utility save water, according to officials. The district — which serves 60,000 people in Novato and parts of West Marin — now relies on a crew of three to read 20,500 meters, logging in water use totals into hand-held computers while making the rounds.
Last week the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (DWP) released its preliminary runoff forecast based on record-breaking March 1st snow surveys: 195% of average runoff for the April 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018 runoff year. This volume of runoff is very similar to 1983, the wettest runoff year on record.