Aquafornia news Sacramento Business Journal

California AT&T Employees Ordered to Cut Water Use

From the Sacramento Business Journal:

“If you happen to notice that AT&T Inc.’s vehicles are dirtier than normal, understand that it’s by design. The telecom’s 34,000 employees in California have been told to reduce their company water use by 30 percent until the state’s drought emergency is lifted.”

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Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Editorial: Saving Water a Top Priority

From the Chico Enterprise-Record:

“Our view: The drought hasn’t vanished because of one storm, and everybody needs to do their part to quit wasting water.

“It’s easy to point fingers at water wasters during a drought. A San Jose Mercury News article printed over the weekend and posted on our website was an eye opener. A map showing water use per capita demonstrated that inland areas used more water than coastal areas.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Marin Homeowners Compelled to Combine Water Conservation With Renovation

From the Marin Independent Journal:

“If you’re about to do a renovation on your home, there’s something you should know: If the house is more than 20 years old and has water-wasting fixtures, you must replace them thanks to a new state law being phased in this year.”

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Aquafornia news

Commentary: Jay Famiglietti’s Mission — to Rescue Us From Our Bad Water Habits

From the Los Angeles Times, in a column by Patt Morrison:

“If there are stars among the state’s water experts, Jay Famiglietti is one, with titles too long for a marquee: a UC Irvine professor of earth system science and head of the UC Center for Hydrologic Modeling, and a new member of the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board among them.”

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Aquafornia news Salinas Californian

Farmers Turn to World Ag Expo for Water Solutions

From The Salinas Californian:

“Over the course of this week’s World Ag Expo in Tulare, Shane Shiplet and his staff at Valley Global Irrigation have spent a lot of time speaking with farmers about water.

“But things have been different this week compared to past expos.”

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Aquafornia news Hanford Sentinel

Using Less Water at Home

From the Hanford Sentinel:

“Gov. Jerry Brown last month issued a drought emergency last month and called for residents to cut their water consumption by 20 percent.

“So what’s the best way to do that? According to Rita Schmidt Sudman at the Sacramento-based Water Education Foundation, it’s by reducing the amount of water used for landscaping.”

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Lady Gaga: California’s New Drought Spokeswoman

From the Los Angeles Times:

“Lady Gaga has a new message for all of her ‘little monsters’: Save water. The five-time Grammy Award winner will soon be on the air with a public service announcement urging Californians to do their part to help with the state’s drought.

“So how did Lady Gaga become the new face of drought awareness?”

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Aquafornia news Red Bluff Daily News

Corning Urges Water Conservation

From the Red Bluff Daily News:

“As California continues to struggle with severe drought conditions, the city of Corning will start asking residents here to curb their water use by 15 percent.

“The Corning City Council voted Tuesday to implement the first stage of its water conservation program, which calls on the city’s customers to voluntarily reduce their water use.”

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee Capitol Alert blog

Blog: Lady Gaga Gets Letter of Thanks from Jerry Brown

From The Sacramento Bee Capitol Alert blog:

“First California posted drought alerts on freeway signs.

“Now it’s turning to Lady Gaga.”

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

EBMUD Urges Customers to Cut Water Use By 10 Percent

From the Stockton Record:

“The East Bay Municipal Utilities District, which manages Camanche Lake in east San Joaquin County, is urging its customers to cut back water usage by 10 percent.”

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Daily News

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti Calls for Conservation in Face of Drought

From the Los Angeles Daily News:

“Emphasizing the need to save water during the worst drought in recent history, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the region’s major supplier of water called on residents Wednesday to take steps to conserve as much as possible and follow existing conservation guidelines.”

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Aquafornia news [Marysville] Appeal-Democrat

Sutter County Officials: Cut Water By 20%

From the [Marysville] Appeal-Democrat:

“In response to the worst drought on record, the Sutter County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday night declared a local emergency and encouraged a voluntary 20 percent reduction in water use by county residents.”

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Daily News

Editorial: How Californians Can Stave Off Harsher Water Rules

From the Los Angeles Daily News:

“A drought always brings discussion of whether to impose mandatory conservation, which conjures up fantastic images of squads of water police hauling overenthusiastic gardeners off to jail. Nobody wants that, nor would it ever come to exactly that.”

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Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Caltrans Activates Drought Message

From Capital Public Radio:

“Caltrans’ 700-plus electronic highway signs have a new message: “Serious Drought: Help Save Water.”

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Aquafornia news U-T San Diego

Caltrans Takes Water Warnings to the Road

From U-T San Diego:

“California’s water conservation push hit the highways on Tuesday when Caltrans posted the message ‘Serious Drought. Help Save Water’ on its 700 electronic signs across the Golden State.

“The agency, which is one of the state’s biggest water users, hopes millions of drivers will follow its lead and cut back on water.”

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Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Editorial: Drought Should Make State Rethink Water Policy

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

“With the arrival of a few raindrops, Californians already may want to put aside efforts to reduce water use by 20 percent as the governor asked when he declared a drought emergency last month. Change is hard; no one likes the idea of trying to do with less.”

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Daily News

Los Angeles Prepared for Drought, DWP Officials Say

From the Los Angeles Daily News:

“Department of Water and Power officials said Wednesday the utility is in better shape than other water agencies in coping with the drought thanks to several years of a second-level water conservation effort.

“Interim General Manager Jim McDaniel said there are no immediate plans to go beyond the current Phase 2 of the city’s water conservation plan, which has resulted in a 17 percent drop in water use since 2007.”

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Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)

What Does a 20% Reduction in Water Use Look Like? Infographic Offers Ideas

From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):

“A new infographic from the Save Our Water program shows some easy ways to reduce water use 20% as requested by Gov. Jerry Brown.”

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Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Rain a Welcome Sight in Sonoma County

From the Santa Rosa Press Democrat:

“On Sunday, as that furry forecaster Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter, it finally began to feel like the season normally does in Sonoma County. …

“Today, a Sonoma County Water Agency panel is set to vote on a request that all its contractors, including the cities and districts that provide water to 600,000 people, voluntarily cut water use by 20 percent.”

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Editorial: Why Not Get Tough on Water Use, California?

From the Los Angeles Times:

“To hear Gov. Jerry Brown tell it, California is in a ‘mega drought’ — perhaps the worst dry spell it’s ever known. So why does he keep calling for voluntary water conservation?”

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