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HOAs Get Real About Water Shortage

From U-T San Diego:

“When residents at Regency Villas in University City got a peek of the condo complex’s drought-resistant landscaping during a clubhouse reception last week, it was a watershed moment, said community association manager Pamela Walker.

“The association had pulled out an old spa, some outdated irrigation equipment and a hodgepodge of thirsty plants.

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State Officials: Don’t Water Your Lawn

From The Sacramento Bee:

“Recent rains have provided plenty of moisture to keep grass happy for several weeks, according to state water experts. Yet it hasn’t rained nearly enough to end the drought, meaning every drop saved now will mean there’s more water available later, when the rainy season ends.”

Read more from The Sacramento Bee


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Commentary: Wanna Be a Drought-buster? Heed the Lessons of the Slop Jar.

From the Los Angeles Times, in a commentary by Dinah Hatton:

“If you’re a city person, you might only have read of chamber pots, an inconvenient though useful contraption from an earlier time. In the part of Texas where I grew up, the term ‘chamber pot’ was a tad too genteel. We called these essentials ’slop jars’ or just ‘the pot.’ …

“My family’s lack of an indoor toilet was not because of finances.”

Read more from the LA Times


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Blog: Water Meters — A Word of Caution

From the Stockton Record Alex Breitler Environment blog:

“The state released a list Friday of communities in California in which at least some homes or businesses lack water meters. The total number of unmetered connections: More than 255,000.
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.”

Read more from Capital Public Radio, or listen to the story


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Sacramento Council Votes to Launch ‘Cash for Grass’ Program to Save Water

From The Sacramento Bee:

“The city of Sacramento wants to pay you to rip out your water-guzzling lawn.

“The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to launch a ‘cash for grass’ program that will provide rebates to homeowners who replace their grass lawns with drought-tolerant landscaping.”

Read more from The Sacramento Bee


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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.”

Read more from the San Luis Obispo Tribune


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Commentary: Gray Water’s Time In the Sun

From the San Francisco Chronicle, in a commentary by Cynthia Koehler and Audrey Finci:

“‘Can Anybody Save California?’ That was the headline of a Politico story earlier this month about our state’s water crisis. Predictions of apocalypse are not uncommon when it comes to water in the West, and yet buried in the same story was a major part of the answer; notwithstanding an additional 4 million residents, demand for water in Southern California has not risen since 1990 – due largely to conservation measures.
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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.
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Editorial: Sacramento Can Save More Water By Focusing on Big Commercial Users

From The Sacramento Bee:

On Tuesday, the [Sacramento] City Council is to give the go-ahead for a pilot ‘cash for grass’ program, which offers a rebate to homeowners who replace thirsty lawns with water-efficient landscaping.
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Commentary: Water Conservation’s Other Benefit: It’s a Power Saver

From the Los Angeles Times, in a commentary by Catherine Wolfram and David Zetland:

“Our conservation efforts, even the tiniest ones, have a second overlooked benefit: They also save energy. Water is essentially liquid energy. We don’t think about it that way. But every drop must be moved, treated and heated. Each step takes energy.”

Read more from the LA Times


Aquafornia news Palo Alto Weekly

Stanford Panel Lays Out Drought-survival Strategies

From the Palo Alto Weekly:

“As the state’s drought deepens, Stanford University’s water conservation efforts and strategies for expanding water resources for the future could serve as a helpful model for the rest of the state, a panel of Stanford experts said at a public forum on Tuesday night.”

Read more from the Palo Alto Weekly


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Blog: Jerry Brown on Bay Bridge, Water Rationing and Re-election

From the San Francisco Chronicle Politics Blog, in a post by Carla Marinucci:

“[Gov. Jerry] Brown was asked at a San Francisco press conference about the bridge and other issues, including the drought, when he’ll declare for re-election and whether indicted state Sen. Ron Calderon should resign.”

Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle blog, and watch the video interview


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.”

Read more from The Sacramento Bee

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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.”

Read more from the Bay Area News Group


Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Santa Clara Valley Water District Considers Seeking 20% Reduction

From the San Jose Mercury News:

“Declaring that California’s historic drought is worsening, leaders of Silicon Valley’s largest drinking water provider on Tuesday will consider asking the public for a 20 percent reduction in water use, double what the agency first requested last month.“ 

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Severe Drought? California Has Been Here Before

From the Los Angeles Times:

“The skinny rings of ancient giant sequoias and foxtail pines hold a lesson that Californians are learning once again this winter: It can get very dry, sometimes for a single parched year, sometimes for withering decades. …

“Some cities are rationing supplies and banning outdoor watering.

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San Joaquin Valley Business Owners See Opportunities During Historic Dry Spell

From The Fresno Bee:

“For home builders and construction companies, the lack of rain has allowed them to get their jobs done without any weather-related delays. Yet, they said the drought is changing the future of home building as companies are preparing for what they call ‘a major pressure’ for houses that feature water-saving designs and devices.”

Read more from The Fresno Bee


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Commentary: What Los Angeles Can Do to Prepare for a Drier Future

From the Los Angeles Times, in a commentary by Stephanie Pincetl and Terri Hogue:

“Los Angeles uses less water per capita than any other U.S. city with more than 1 million people: about 123 gallons per person per day. Although the city is setting an example for the rest of the state, it can do much more.”

Read more from the LA Times


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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.