Aquafornia news Vallejo Times-Herald

American Canyon Water Shortage Eased, Officials Report

From the Vallejo Times-Herald:

“The [American Canyon] city’s water situation has improved enough to abandon expensive emergency plans, city officials said Tuesday.”

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Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Santa Cruz Water Panel Considers Phased Conservation

From the Santa Cruz Sentinel:

“The Santa Cruz Water Commission preliminarily endorsed a proposal Monday to phase in a new long-range conservation plan to manage costs and monitor efficiency over time.”

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Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

News Release: DWR Observes ‘Save Our Water’ Month

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

“As drought-parched California moves into another long, hot summer, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and other agencies are observing May as ‘Save Our Water’ month as proclaimed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. Save Our Water — a campaign of DWR and the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) — has launched a statewide media campaign utilizing Public Service Announcements, radio, billboards and social media urging Californians to save water every day.
Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)

Governor Brown Commemorates May as Save Our Water Month

From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):

“Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday commemorated May as Save Our Water month and reiterated his call to the public to conserve water while the state is ‘in the throes of a drought.’”

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Commentary: Senator Urges Water Conservation

From the San Jose Mercury News, in a commentary by Senate Majority Leader Ellen M. Corbett:

“Although precious rain recently fell on our local communities, I have had scores of conversations over the last few weeks and months with local residents at farmers’ markets, town halls and community events about a topic that remains at the forefront of our minds: California’s drought.”

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Aquafornia news Desert Sun

Commentary: What Drought? OK to Delay the Flush to Save Water

From The Desert Sun:

“Ever since we started this column about water conservation, readers have provided us with one tip more than any other.”

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Water Use In Stockton: Routine Conservation Measures Kick In Thursday

From the Stockton Record:

“Routine water conservation rules take effect Thursday. But in a drought, nothing is routine.”

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Aquafornia news U-T San Diego

City of San Diego Calls for Limits on Water Use

From U-T San Diego:

“Less outdoor watering, limiting vehicle washing and using recycled water whenever practical is being urged by a San Diego City Council panel in response to the region’s ongoing drought.”

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Water Q&A: Do Mountain Towns Like Truckee have to Conserve Water?

From The Sacramento Bee:

“As with all things water-related, it depends where you live and where your water comes from. A “we get it first” presumption does not necessarily apply.”

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Drought — and Neighbors — Press Las Vegas to Conserve Water

From the Los Angeles Times:

“Deep beneath Lake Mead, a 23-foot-tall tunnel-boring machine grinds through stubborn bedrock in a billion-dollar effort to make sure water continues flowing to this thirsty resort city.

“For six years, the Southern Nevada Water Authority has been building an intake straw below the reservoir’s two existing pipes.”

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Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Bella Vista Residents, Ranchers Frustrated By Water Restrictions

From the Redding Record Searchlight:

“Ken and Trish Frowd consider themselves environmentally conscious, a trait that in part comes from adapting to California’s water shortages.
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Commentary: Even Car Washes Finding Ways to Save Water Amid California’s Drought

From The Modesto Bee, in a commentary by Evan Porges:

“For some of us in the car wash industry, the drought provides an opportunity to share a story that is just the opposite of what many people might assume. … We have been proactively saving water from the time we opened our first car wash in 1991.”

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Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

City of Sacramento Contradicts Itself With Watering Restrictions

From Capital Public Radio:

“The City of Sacramento declared a drought in January, but city code still requires property owners keep their lawns watered and landscaping maintained.”

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Water Q&A: What are Farmers Required to Do Immediately to Reduce Water Use?

From The Sacramento Bee:

“Farms represent a very different regulatory environment than urban areas. In short, farms are not officially required to do anything to conserve water. … That is not to say, however, that farmers aren’t doing their part in the drought.”

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Peek Below Surface of San Joaquin Water Usage

From the Stockton Record:

“Stockton residents are among the thriftiest in the area when it comes to using water – and it might be because someone else is keeping track.”

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Aquafornia news Salinas Californian

Drought Rains Prospects on Ag Control-systems Designer

From The Salinas Californian:

“When introducing a new product or technology, timing is everything and never was that truer than for Russel Maridon’s launch of his AgRite agricultural control system.”

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Commentary: Declare a California Fracking Moratorium Now

From the San Francisco Chronicle, in a commentary by Dan Jacobson and Kathryn Phillips:

“Water is top-of-mind for most Californians. Amid calls for conservation, we have overlooked an obvious step to protect water supplies: stopping extreme oil-extraction techniques such as fracking and well stimulation.”

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Blog: Late Storms Help, But There’s No Escaping Need to Conserve This Year

From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), in a post by ACWA President John Coleman:

“While ACWA is working on several fronts to help member agencies combat drought impacts this year, water conservation remains a key tool as drought conditions persist and potentially intensify in the near future.”

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Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Mountain View Council Declares ‘Stage 1′ Water Shortage Emergency

From the San Jose Mercury News:

“Even as rain pelted the Bay Area, the Mountain View City Council unanimously called a water shortage emergency Tuesday.”

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Editorial: Saving Sacramento’s Water Should Be Everyone’s Business

From The Sacramento Bee:

“Sacramento’s drought police were out in force again Thursday, cracking down on residents watering their lawns out of turn.

“Soon, the city plans to focus more on commercial users, city Utilities Director Dave Brent told The Bee’s editorial board. Good – it’s only fair that businesses, office parks and other commercial customers are held accountable as well.”

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