How some homeowners are prevented from conserving water

How some homeowners are prevented from conserving water

July 6, 2015

BRENTWOOD — While many East Bay residents and water agencies are doing all they can to conserve water during the drought, some homeowners associations have been slower to get on board. Brentwood residents Christina Bell and Peggy Menzie, whose homes are within the Shadow Lakes homeowners association, wanted to replaceRead More

Anheuser-Busch spending $20M to make Southern California brewery more water efficient

Anheuser-Busch spending $20M to make Southern California brewery more water efficient

July 15, 2015

The Anheuser-Busch brewery in Van Nuys will soon be tapping less water to brew its beer. The St. Louis-based company said it is investing $20 million to make the facility more water efficient, as the region struggles with a persistent drought. Among the improvements will be new meters to betterRead More

Some California farmers are proposing their own water restrictions to avoid bigger cuts

Some California farmers are proposing their own water restrictions to avoid bigger cuts

May 20, 2015

FRESNO >> Farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta who have California’s oldest water rights are proposing to voluntarily cut their use by 25 percent to avoid the possibility of even harsher restrictions by the state later this summer as the record drought continues. Under the deal expected to beRead More

This drought tolerant licorice plant has a unique look

This drought tolerant licorice plant has a unique look

July 24, 2015

Who says that nonstop flowering plants are every gardener’s dream? Sometimes foliage can just as easily make your day, your nighttime dreams and even your year, since a lot of memorable foliage happens to be evergreen so you are privileged to see it each time you step into your garden.Read More

Save a lawn, help a planet

Save a lawn, help a planet

July 14, 2015

If you’re feeling guilty about having a mostly green lawn, here’s some news that could ease the guilt and even make you feel a bit noble.

Drought gardening tips: Live irrigation demo

Drought gardening tips: Live irrigation demo

May 20, 2015

If you’re like me, the thought of installing a drip irrigation system in your garden is akin to that dream where you realize you haven’t gone to algebra class all year and you need to show up today and take the final exam.

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El Niño weather event is biggest since 1997, may trigger soaking winter storms

El Niño weather event is biggest since 1997, may trigger soaking winter storms

July 16, 2015 at 9:00 am 0 comments

As Pacific Ocean temperatures continue to warm and trade winds shift, federal scientists now say that the El Niño weather event that’s emerging could be one of the strongest on record. With California desperate for relief from its punishing four-year drought, the trend is significantly increasing the chances that stormsRead More

Anheuser-Busch spending $20M to make Southern California brewery more water efficient

Anheuser-Busch spending $20M to make Southern California brewery more water efficient

July 15, 2015 at 11:36 am 0 comments

The Anheuser-Busch brewery in Van Nuys will soon be tapping less water to brew its beer. The St. Louis-based company said it is investing $20 million to make the facility more water efficient, as the region struggles with a persistent drought. Among the improvements will be new meters to betterRead More

Southern California water district ends turf-removal program due to unprecedented demand

Southern California water district ends turf-removal program due to unprecedented demand

July 15, 2015 at 4:00 am 0 comments

Due to an overwhelming response, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California shut down its turf removal rebate program Thursday because it ran out of money, the district announced. The water agency burned through the last $150 million in the past seven weeks, after the board added $350 million toRead More

Save a lawn, help a planet

Save a lawn, help a planet

July 14, 2015 at 2:56 pm 0 comments

If you’re feeling guilty about having a mostly green lawn, here’s some news that could ease the guilt and even make you feel a bit noble.

Drought gardening tips: Skip expensive additives

Drought gardening tips: Skip expensive additives

July 9, 2015 at 1:54 pm 0 comments

As we try to cut down on water on the landscape, we may be tempted to buy chemicals, sprays and additives that purport to conserve water, but compost still is the best solution.

California regulators discuss water pricing in drought

California regulators discuss water pricing in drought

July 8, 2015 at 2:23 pm 0 comments

SACRAMENTO >> California water regulators heard proposals for a statewide drought fee and hefty fines for water-guzzling homeowners as part of a Wednesday workshop discussing how to implement Gov. Jerry Brown’s order for water pricing to maximize conservation. Officials at the State Water Resources Control Board said they weren’t lookingRead More

How some homeowners are prevented from conserving water

How some homeowners are prevented from conserving water

July 6, 2015 at 2:00 pm 0 comments

BRENTWOOD — While many East Bay residents and water agencies are doing all they can to conserve water during the drought, some homeowners associations have been slower to get on board. Brentwood residents Christina Bell and Peggy Menzie, whose homes are within the Shadow Lakes homeowners association, wanted to replaceRead More

This school uses more water than any California State University

This school uses more water than any California State University

July 6, 2015 at 11:30 am 0 comments

POMONA >> Cal Poly Pomona, with its agricultural programs and iconic Arabian horses, uses more water than any other Cal State University, according to officials. But in the midst of a historic statewide drought, Cal Poly Pomona officials are working to cut back on water usage, in response to theRead More

Use this map to see California water conservation rates since 2013 by supplier

Use this map to see California water conservation rates since 2013 by supplier

July 6, 2015 at 10:30 am 0 comments
Drought conservation forces water rate hikes as cities lose money

Drought conservation forces water rate hikes as cities lose money

July 6, 2015 at 10:29 am 0 comments

ROSEVILLE >> Saving water doesn’t always mean saving money in parched California. Millions of Californians expecting relief on their water bills for taking conservation measures instead are finding higher rates and drought surcharges. Water departments are increasing rates and adding fees because they’re losing money as their customers conserve. TheyRead More