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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Getty Drains Pools, Turns Off Fountains to Save Water Amid Drought

From the Los Angeles Times:

The decision to drain most water features at Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades this summer may not be going over well with some visitors, but the organization says thousands of gallons a day have been saved as a result.

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Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

News Release: Save Our Water Launches Don’t Waste Summer Campaign

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

As a drought-stricken California moves further into a hot summer, Save Our Water – a partnership between the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) – is launching Don’t Waste Summer, a campaign devoted to providing daily tips and news on the new campaign microsite – SaveOurWater.com – to help Californians find ways to conserve at home and at work every day.

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Aquafornia news Modesto Bee

Editorial: We All Have to Pitch In During Drought

From The Modesto Bee:

It’s looking like a long, hot summer that starts today – and it’s going to be even more parched if Californians don’t get with the program.

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Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Editorial: Poor Marks for Saving on Drought Report

From the Santa Rosa Press Democrat:

California’s drought is in its third year, and visions of a wet winter, fed by warm El Niño currents in the Pacific, are fading.

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Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Amid Drought, Bay Area Water Use Down Just 2 Percent

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

It’s official: Californians are not embracing Gov. Jerry Brown’s call for serious water conservation.

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Report: California has a Long Way to Go On Water Conservation

From The Sacramento Bee:

As California slips into summer amid the worst drought in a generation, state residents, as a whole, have done relatively little to cut their water use, falling well short of the 20 percent target set in Gov. Jerry Brown’s emergency drought declaration in January.

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Region Cuts Overall Water Use 18 Percent

From The Sacramento Bee:

“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.”

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Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Sacramento Region Reduces Water Use By 18 Percent

From Capital Public Radio:

“New data from the Regional Water Authority show customers in the Sacramento region reduced their water use by 18 percent from February to May, compared to the previous two years.”

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Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

DWR Spotlight: State Capitol Saves Water

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.”

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Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Water Cops On Patrol

From Capital Public Radio:

“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.”

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Commentary: Drought Sends a Water Wake-Up — Bond Can Aid Future Supply

From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Jay Ziegler:

“The drought is our wake-up call that California’s water supply system is out of balance. Even in the face of this drought, conservation efforts have not taken hold. … A focused water bond is key to any solution.”

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Aquafornia news Sunnyvale Sun

Sunnyvale City Council to Consider Declaring Water Emergency

From the Sunnyvale Sun:

“The Sunnyvale City Council will consider adopting a resolution on June 24 declaring a water shortage emergency and calling for a 15 percent water use reduction through Dec. 31.”

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Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Voluntary Cutback Falls Short in Bay Area

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

“Nearly five months after Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency and asked Californians to use 20 percent less water, almost everyone believes they’re doing their part.”

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Commentary: Time to Take the Big Picture in Dealing with California’s Droughts

From the Daily News, in a commentary by Diana Diamond column:

“Let’s not keep telling people to conserve more water, take fewer showers or recycle their washing machine with gray water. We need to do something much more dramatic to handle what, most likely, will be continuing droughts in our arid state.”

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Avalon Bracing for Even More Severe Water Restrictions

From the Los Angeles Times:

“This harbor community [Avalon] is bracing for water rationing this summer and even more severe restrictions this fall in the face of continuing drought, dwindling groundwater and a rising demand from tourists who are flocking here in numbers not seen since 2000.”

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Commentary: Water Rationing in California Already Going Wrong

From the Los Angeles Daily News, in a commentary by Thomas Elias:

“It may seem odd, but the opening compulsory rationing measures have come in Northern California, closer to the big rivers now carrying lower-than-usual runoff from the high mountains than the big cities to the south, where water conservation is voluntary, so far.”

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Aquafornia news Associated Press

A Look at Water-saving Measures Across the West

From the Associated Press:

“Cities across the West have mandated water restrictions or asked residents to voluntarily cut back on water use to avoid shortages.”

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee Capitol Alert blog

Blog: Drought Hits California’s Capitol Park

From The Sacramento Bee Capitol Alert blog:

“The lush grass that normally carpets downtown Sacramento’s Capitol Park is turning into a blotchy green-and-brown rug this spring because state officials have decided not to water the lawn.”

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Aquafornia news Contra Costa Times

Pleasanton City Council Institutes Mandatory 25 Percent Cuts on Water Usage

From the Contra Costa Times:

“Another Tri-Valley city has declared a drought emergency, as Pleasanton is ordering residents and business owners to slash their water usage by 25 percent.”

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Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Sacramento Water Conservation Cops Watch Every…Last…Drop

From Capital Public Radio:

“Tens of millions of gallons are escaping from faucets, broken pipes, and into gutters in the city of Sacramento every day.”

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