Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Voluntary 20% Cutback Adopted for Novato North Marin Water District Customers

From the Marin Independent Journal:

“About 61,000 Novato residents will soon be urged to cut back water usage 20 percent and guided to tools to help them do so under an emergency water shortage ordinance adopted Tuesday night by the North Marin Water District.”

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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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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 San Jose Mercury News

Silicon Valley Cities and Farms Hit with New Water Cutbacks

From the San Jose Mercury News:

“In the latest sign that California’s historic drought is having a worsening impact on Silicon Valley, the region’s largest water provider is putting in place unprecedented cutbacks this spring on cities, farmers and its own efforts to recharge groundwater supplies.”

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Aquafornia news Imperial Valley Press

Imperial Irrigation District Board to Vote on New Fallowing Program

From the Imperial Valley Press:

The Imperial Irrigation District’s board of Directors has called a special meeting for this afternoon [March 25].

“A guideline modification to the district’s on-farm water conservation program is at the top of the agenda.”

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Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Being Water Wise: Embracing a Low H20 Lifestyle

From the San Jose Mercury News:

“While the average single-family home in the East Bay Municipal Utility District used 135 gallons of water per person per day last year, Elizabeth Dougherty got by with just 30 gallons. The lowest she’s hit: 20 gallons a day.”

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Aquafornia news Contra Costa Times

Contra Costa Water District Board Seeks 15% Water Savings from Customers

From the Contra Costa Times:

“Contra Costa Water District customers are being asked to voluntarily cut water use 15 percent this year, but they will not face higher drought rates to penalize those who fall short, the agency’s water board decided Wednesday.”

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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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Aquafornia news

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 Associated Press

In a Dry California, Some Water-saving Efforts

From the Associated Press:

“With California facing a drought emergency, some communities have taken steps to increase their local water supplies.”

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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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