A bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday, July 21, clears the
way for two water districts to extend their systems to a
neighborhood on the Wildomar-Menifee border that has been plagued
by a poor quality, unreliable water supply.
One of the worst droughts in state history is pushing water
prices to record levels — fraying nerves, eroding bank accounts
and stress-testing the state’s “water market,” an informal and
largely hidden network of buyers and sellers.
From the San Jose Mercury News, in a commentary by Richard
In the midst of exceptional drought conditions, a new, locally
controlled, drought-proof water source for Silicon Valley could
not have come at a better time. The Santa Clara Valley Water
District, in partnership with the cities of San Jose and Santa
Clara, is celebrating the completion of the Silicon Valley
Advanced Water Purification Center.
A Superior Court judge has ordered the Castaic Lake Water Agency,
Santa Clarita Valley’s water retailer, to rescind an illegal
“special tax” imposed on Santa Clarita Valley water retailers,
who passed that rate on to customers.
The Rainbow Municipal Water District, which is the focus of a
takeover bid by the larger Fallbrook Public Utilities District
(FPUD), has filed a claim against FPUD saying its attempt to
absorb Rainbow constitutes a breach of contract.
The heartbreaking story of a 12-year-old Gridley boy who drowned
while trying to cool off on a hot summer day has led to much
speculation about what can be done to prevent such accidents in
With no end to the extreme dry weather in sight, Marin water
officials are waiting to see whether state leaders will make the
move to allow local authorities to slap water wasters with
unprecedented fines of up to $500 a day.
From The New York Times, in a commentary by David Bornstein:
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that public water
systems lose, on average, one-sixth of their water — mainly from
leaks in pipes. The E.P.A. asserts that 75 percent of that water
As an annual deadline looms for Los Angeles to pay nearly $4
million to a controversial pair of Department of Water and Power
affiliates, one city leader announced his refusal to sign the
checks and another sued to have a court-appointed receiver take
over the nonprofits.
Los Angeles city leaders are suing to have a court-appointed
receiver take control of two controversial nonprofits affiliated
with the Department of Water and Power whose managers have
refused to show what they’ve done with more than $40 million of
Imperial Irrigation District staff was accused of trying to sell
the IID’s invaluable assets short when they formally presented
the broad terms of a water storage proposal at Tuesday’s IID
Board of Directors meeting.
A group of San Francisco Bay Area cities, counties and water
agencies has joined forces for what is being billed as one of the
largest single government purchases of all-electric vehicles in
From the Santa Cruz Sentinel, in a commentary by Cuca Hepburn:
Through no choice of my own I am a customer of Soquel Creek Water
District. My simple belief is that if we face “20 years of
rationing” then leaders of the district have mismanaged our water
resources for at least 20 years.