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Aquafornia news Western Water

Latest Western Water articles examine how households are stretching water, offer suggestions for California’s next governor

People in California and the Southwest are getting stingier with water, a story that’s told by the acre-foot. In the latest Western Water news, writer Gary Pitzer takes a look at how a long-time rule of thumb describing water use—that one acre-foot of water could supply two urban households for a year —is getting a rewrite as household habits and improved technology help people make the most of the water they have.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Statewide water saving sliding — at half of local conservation rate

Water saving in urban California continued to slide in August, but Butte County agencies generally conserved twice as much water as the rest of the state. The State Water Resources Control Board reported Tuesday that statewide, water use was down 12.6 percent in August, compared to August 2013.

Aquafornia news San Gabriel Valley Tribune

NRDC sues Pasadena, Murrieta over failing to restrict water usage for new developments

Pasadena violated state water laws for three years by allowing new homes and commercial buildings to waste water, while failing to file conservation reports with the state resources agency. They also ignored a 25-year-old state law strengthened under the governor’s drought emergency of 2015 that ordered stringent reductions in landscape watering, according to a settlement agreement signed last month.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Meet the farmers of the future: Robots

To [Brandon] Alexander, Angus and other robots are key to a new wave of local agriculture that aims to raise lettuce, basil and other produce in metropolitan areas while conserving water and sidestepping the high costs of human labor.

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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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Aquafornia news

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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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Agencies: Our Water Waste Rules are Tough Enough

From The Sacramento Bee:

Large water agencies throughout the Sacramento region have no intention of imposing criminal penalties for water waste, despite a new state regulation that allows them to do so.

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Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise Record

Local Water Users Already Meeting New State Standards

From the Chico Enterprise Record:

The State Water Board acted Tuesday to set minimum standards for water conservation, with the ability of local water providers to issue fines for blatant water use. But local water providers said residents are doing their part, overall.

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