Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Drought Busters Write 350 Violations

From The Sacramento Bee:

“Sacramento: You’ve been warned. Turn off the sprinklers – at least on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.

“Yet, judging by complaints, thousands of residents apparently have not gotten that water-saving message.”

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Aquafornia news Save Our Water

Save Our Water Launches “Californians Don’t Waste” PSA Campaign

From Save Our Water:

“With California facing its worst water shortage crisis in modern history, Save Our Water – a partnership between the Association of California Water Agencies(ACWA) and the California Department of Water Resources(DWR) – has launched a ‘Californians Don’t Waste’ Public Service Announcement (PSA) campaign to bring awareness to simple ways citizens can save water every day.
Aquafornia news U-T San Diego

Otay Water Asks Customers to Conserve

From U-T San Diego:

“In response to the continuing statewide drought, Otay Water District’s Board of Directors last Friday declared a Level 1 – Supply Watch Condition in which a 10 percent reduction of water use is requested.”

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Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Save Water By Fixing Leaks

From the Chico Enterprise-Record:

“This week is ‘fix-a-leak week,’ but California Water Service is promoting water conservation through leak-fixing all month.”

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Aquafornia news Willits News

Willits Lowers Drought Emergency Level to Phase IV

From the Willits News:

“The Willits City Council has voted to reduce the Willits water emergency level from Phase V to Phase IV. …

“This move was a recognition that the Willits water supply had recovered substantially due to rains in February and March.”

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Blog: While Some Lawmakers Offer Outdated Ideas for Drought, California Proves Power of Water Efficiency

From the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) staff Switchboard blog, in a post by Frances Beinecke:

“California can withstand this drought—and the arid days ahead brought on by climate change—if it expands water saving measures. These solutions are already benefiting the state. Los Angeles uses the same amount of water today as it did in 1970 despite adding 1 million people.

“Water efficiency, recycling, and other local supplies will help California flourish in a drier future.

Aquafornia news U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

News Release: EPA Launches Sixth Annual ‘Fix a Leak Week’ to Chase Leaks and Improve Water Efficiency

From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):

“Every year, more than 10,000 gallons of water is wasted in homes due to easy-to-fix leaks. Nationwide, household leaks add up to more than 1 trillion gallons of water lost every year. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is reminding homeowners of the easy steps they can take to help save water in their communities now and for future generations.
Aquafornia news Fresno Bee

Local Industrial Firms Ramp Up Efforts to Conserve Water

From The Fresno Bee:

“In the parched San Joaquin Valley, water conservation on farms and in households gets a lot of attention, but the region’s industrial users are quietly taking steps to reduce their water use, too.”

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Mayor’s Challenge Aims to Bring Attention to Water Conservation

From the Stockton Record:

“Mayor Anthony Silva has agreed to participate in the ‘Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation’ this April to help bring attention to the issue of water conservation.”

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Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Editorial: Get Serious About Drought

From the Eureka Times-Standard:

“When it comes to the current drought, the North Coast is doing its part, and ready to do more. …

“At 110 gallons per day, Humboldt County is on the good end of the list. We use less water than the North Coast — 160 — and less than the state average, 196.”

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Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

More than 255,000 Homes and Businesses Still Don’t Have Water Meters Statewide

From the San Jose Mercury News:

“Despite urgent calls for water conservation amid one of California’s worst droughts, more than 255,000 homeowners and businesses across the state can still use all the water they want without paying higher bills.

“And nobody even knows how much water they are using.”

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Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

California’s Drought-prone Pattern Forcing Farmers to Adapt

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

“Shawn Coburn farms land that holds senior water rights to the giant Central Valley Project, rights that usually assure him water. Not this year. …

“Coburn, 45, says his ranch near Dos Palos (Merced County) is no water-guzzler. He uses buried irrigation. Computers tell him how much moisture his plants lose each day.”

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

How Much Water a Community Gulps Varies Across Sacramento Region

From The Sacramento Bee:

“The ongoing drought has cities across the Sacramento region urgently trying to cut water use.

“Some have a lot further to go than others.”

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Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

20% Conservation is a High-Water Mark

From Capital Public Radio:

“Conservation efforts in the City of Sacramento saved 200-million gallons of water last month but Sacramentans failed to meet the City’s 20-percent water-conservation target for the month of February.”

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Aquafornia news San Luis Obispo Tribune

Editorial: A Novel Way to Save 10 Gallons of Water a Day

From the San Luis Obispo Tribune:

“Like most Californians, we’re no slouches when it comes to saving water. We turn off the tap when we brush our teeth; run full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher; and we can’t remember the last time we washed our car.”

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Commentary: The Surprising Top Water Wasters In Your Home, and How to Fix Them

From the Los Angeles Times, in a commentary by Scott Martelle:

“In these days of drought, Californians have a pretty good idea of what it feels like to have water supplies run low — particularly those facing the very real prospect of running out of water entirely. But a new study by Indiana University professor Shahzeen Z.
Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Editorial: Battling Drought, One Bucket at a Time

From The Sacramento Bee:

“Government agencies rightly are asking us to conserve. One step we can take is to collect rainwater.”

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Commentary: Peter Gleick and Pacific Institute Emphasize Water Conservation

From the Bay Area News Group, in a commentary by Heather Somerville:

“Nearly three decades ago, when Peter Gleick started the Pacific Institute to work on water and other environmental issues, California was in the grip of a fierce drought.

“Today, things don’t look much different.”

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Commentary: Get Creative to Save Every Drop of Water

From the San Luis Obispo Tribune, in a commentary by Steve Provost:

“Some people are already doing such a good job of conserving that they’d be hard-pressed to reduce their water use further unless they want to start adding paper plates to landfills or coming to work smelling like Porky Pig.

“The tips are great, and they should be disseminated as widely as possible. It’s the 20 percent figure that bothers me.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Windsor Declares Water Emergency

From the Santa Rosa Press Democrat:

“Windsor this week joined a growing list of cities declaring a water shortage emergency and asking their residents to conserve. The Town Council on Wednesday approved a resolution seeking voluntary reductions in water use of 20 percent.