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 Modesto Bee

Turlock Irrigation District’s New Canal Gates Measure Water More Accurately

From The Modesto Bee:

“The TID [Turlock Irrigation District] has started to fit its canal gates – the openings that let water into fields and orchards – with higher-tech devices that constantly measure the flow.”

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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 Argus

Fremont: Water Overuse Penalties Considered

From The Argus:

“Burdened with a $15 million budget shortfall caused by the drought, water district directors will meet Monday to consider bridging the fiscal gap by penalizing heavy water users.”

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Aquafornia news Fresno Bee

Coarsegold Company on Cutting Edge of Low-flow Showerheads

From The Fresno Bee:

“Inventor David Malcolm always believed the low-flow showerhead he created would do well. But even he has been surprised by the boost in business his tiny Coarsegold company — High Sierra Showerheads — has been getting lately.”

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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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Aquafornia news

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

Commentary: Water Officials Unfairly Targeting Hot Tubs

From the Santa Cruz Sentinel, in a commentary by Lynda Sisk:

“While we are all fully aware of the need to conserve water, especially during drought years, the best way to cut back on household use is apparently not as commonly understood.”

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Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Drought: Cash for Grass Takes Aim at Lawns

From the Riverside Press-Enterprise:

“People who have ditched their lawns in favor of water-sparing landscapes reel off the benefits with hardly a pause. Lower water bills. More wildlife. Less maintenance. And not least, a feeling of satisfaction.”

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Aquafornia news KQED Science blog

Blog: True Water Restrictions Rare, Even in California’s Record-Breaking Drought

From the KQED Science blog:

“May is fast approaching, and with it, the end of the rainy season. At least, what passed for a rainy season this year. …

“So communities are cracking down on water wasters, right?” 

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Aquafornia news Associated Press

A Few California Cities Start Water-waste Patrols

From the Associated Press:

“On a recent sunny day, the water waste inspector rolled through a quiet Sacramento neighborhood in his white pickup truck after a tipster tattled on people watering their lawns on prohibited days.”

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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 San Francisco Chronicle

High Sierra Showerheads Inventor Goes with Flow Amid Drought

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

“While the California drought has devastated some farms and businesses, it has been a boon for High Sierra Showerheads.”

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Aquafornia news Desert Sun

Water Districts Honor Conservation Champs

From The Desert Sun:

“Through their CV Water Counts program, local public water agencies recognized a handful of Coachella Valley property owners for their efforts to reduce water usage.”

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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 Long Beach Press-Telegram

Cal State University Playing a Critical Role in Water Conservation

From the Long Beach Press-Telegram:

“As water agencies wrestle with California’s drought emergency, and lawmakers pass bills seeking relief from a third consecutive dry year in the state, another institution, the public university system, is continuing to play a critical role in water conservation.”

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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 Riverside Press-Enterprise

Editorial: Riverside Should Flush Water Conservation Fee

From the Riverside Press-Enterprise:

“Amid the continuing drought in Southern California, the Riverside City Council this evening will discuss whether to renew a $10 water conservation fee for each customer for 10 more years.”

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Aquafornia news Contra Costa Times

Tri-Valley Water Suppliers to Consider Drought Rates Soon

From the Contra Costa Times:

“Water suppliers for Livermore, Dublin and part of San Ramon have proposed drought rates on homes and businesses that would sharply increase bills for customers who fail to slash their water use by 30 to 35 percent.”

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