Rain level in this drought-stricken Bay Area region now ‘normal’

Rain level in this drought-stricken Bay Area region now ‘normal’

November 2, 2014

A meteorologist at the National Weather Service, now long retired, used to say that the rainy season starts with the World Series and ends with spring training. Well, the season’s first significant storm, which started with a downpour during the San Francisco Giants’ World Series championship parade on Friday, gaveRead More

L.A. City Councilman Bob Blumenfield has recently replaced most of the front lawn from his Woodland Hills home with drought tolerant plants to reduce his water usage, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker/Los Angeles Daily News)

San Fernando Valley officials increased water use during worst drought year

November 13, 2014

Some San Fernando Valley officials who set the city’s water policy consume more than twice the water as the average Angeleno when comparing their households. Records show two Valley-based City Council members actually increased their usage after Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought state of emergency in January and calledRead More

West Nile Virus surging in drought-plagued California

West Nile Virus surging in drought-plagued California

October 20, 2014

LIVERMORE — In the midst of a historic drought, public health officials are searching for clues as to why cases of West Nile virus have exploded statewide since last year, making this season the worst for human infections in California since 2005. The surge in mosquitoes found carrying the virusRead More

Drought threatens Southern California gardeners’ survival

Drought threatens Southern California gardeners’ survival

November 18, 2014

Salvador Munoz has dripped 35 years of sweat onto West Los Angeles lawns, rising with the searing California sun to haul heavy leaf-blowers and push bulky lawnmowers 12 hours a day until dark. “I’m old, but I can’t survive without working,” said 72-year-old Munoz. whose skin had no wrinkles whenRead More

Pathways complete, carpet of mulch spread. (Photo by Cathy Hake)

From thirsty lawn to drought-tolerant landscaping to LADWP rebate, step by step

October 3, 2014

Cathy Hake and her husband recently performed a makeover of their front yard in Valley Village. Hake took advantage of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s rebate program, which now offers up to $3 per square foot for lawn that is removed in favor of drought-tolerant plants. TheRead More

Why grey water systems are becoming more popular during drought

Why grey water systems are becoming more popular during drought

October 30, 2014

In the backyard of Penny Pengra’s Glendale home, there are no signs of the historic drought that has ravaged Southern California for the past three years. “My plants are crazy awesome,” says the 40-something who works in television, crediting her lush, green backyard oasis to the affordable, low-tech grey waterRead More

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California State Water Resources Board shares water usage by city

November 11, 2014 at 1:53 pm 0 comments

A new water formula devised by state bureaucrats that calculates how many gallons are used per person per day is exposing winners and losers in the ongoing conservation effort spurred by a prolonged drought. The just-released report from the State Water Resources Board shows denser, multi-family neighborhoods use much lessRead More

If it ever rains again, Los Angeles wants you to catch it in free rain barrels

November 10, 2014 at 4:54 pm 1 comment

Over the next five Saturdays, the city of Los Angeles will give away 1,000 rain barrels that can be used for irrigating lawns and gardens. The 45- and 55-gallon barrels — donated by Coca-Cola — originally were used to hold syrup. The city’s volunteer-run Keep Los Angeles Beautiful group will manage theRead More

$7.5 billion Proposition 1 water bond approved by California voters

November 5, 2014 at 5:08 pm 0 comments

Amid the state’s historic drought, California voters on Tuesday approved Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion bond measure that would bolster future water supplies. The water bond was adopted with a 66.8 percent approval early Wednesday, with 100 percent of counties reporting results. With passage, billions of dollars will flow toRead More

Rain level in this drought-stricken Bay Area region now ‘normal’

Rain level in this drought-stricken Bay Area region now ‘normal’

November 2, 2014 at 11:00 am 0 comments

A meteorologist at the National Weather Service, now long retired, used to say that the rainy season starts with the World Series and ends with spring training. Well, the season’s first significant storm, which started with a downpour during the San Francisco Giants’ World Series championship parade on Friday, gaveRead More

Why grey water systems are becoming more popular during drought

Why grey water systems are becoming more popular during drought

October 30, 2014 at 10:08 am 0 comments

In the backyard of Penny Pengra’s Glendale home, there are no signs of the historic drought that has ravaged Southern California for the past three years. “My plants are crazy awesome,” says the 40-something who works in television, crediting her lush, green backyard oasis to the affordable, low-tech grey waterRead More

California drought boosts synthetic turf businesses as homeowners turn to artificial grass

California drought boosts synthetic turf businesses as homeowners turn to artificial grass

October 27, 2014 at 7:48 pm 0 comments

As drought-conscious Californians look for ways to reduce their water consumption, business is blooming for the synthetic turf industry. Chris Hayman of Earth Design Landscape in Redondo Beach said annual revenues have jumped from less than $300,000 in 2012 to more than $2.5 million in the first nine months ofRead More

228 billion – that’s BILLION – gallons of California water lost to leaky underground pipes every year

228 billion – that’s BILLION – gallons of California water lost to leaky underground pipes every year

October 24, 2014 at 4:55 pm 0 comments

As 20 million gallons of drinking water rushed down Sunset Boulevard and flooded the UCLA campus this summer, drought-conscious residents threw up their hands. How are three-minute showers going to make a difference, they asked, when they city’s pipes are bursting? Turns out the UCLA flood was just a drop in theRead More

Proposition 1 could lessen effects of drought in California, but at what cost?

Proposition 1 could lessen effects of drought in California, but at what cost?

October 20, 2014 at 4:47 pm 0 comments

Step by step, sewage flows through the city’s Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant in the San Fernando Valley. Ultimately, the cleaned effluent flows into lakes and rivers. Los Angeles city leaders want to take that one step further — ‘toilet to tap’ as it’s known — and replenish theRead More

West Nile Virus surging in drought-plagued California

West Nile Virus surging in drought-plagued California

October 20, 2014 at 4:01 pm 0 comments

LIVERMORE — In the midst of a historic drought, public health officials are searching for clues as to why cases of West Nile virus have exploded statewide since last year, making this season the worst for human infections in California since 2005. The surge in mosquitoes found carrying the virusRead More

Water is pumped from Burbank's McCambridge Pool for use elsewhere in the city. (Photo courtesy of the City of Burbank Public Works Department)

When swimming season ends, this city turns pool water into drought fighter

October 20, 2014 at 3:25 pm 0 comments

After the final splash into Burbank’s McCambridge Pool as summer’s swimming season ended, the more than 200,000 gallons of water didn’t just gurgle down the drain. With California locked in severe drought, city officials decided to put the water that’d brought so much fun to work. “It’s the first yearRead More