Drought encourages do-it-yourself water recycling

Drought encourages do-it-yourself water recycling

April 13, 2015 at 8:00 pm Comments are Disabled

PLEASANTON — Leon Jung figured he had to do something out of the ordinary to save his brown front lawn in a second year of water rationing. So he turned to his local sewage plant. He started trucking in reclaimed water a month ago from the plant that is theRead More

California’s drought is killing dogs in one impacted community

February 3, 2015 at 11:00 am 1 comment

CASTRO VALLEY — Stemming from California’s drought, three pet dogs have died after lapping up water in a popular recreation lake fouled by toxic algae flourishing in scarce rain and runoff. The East Bay Regional Park District reported Saturday it is installing bigger and bolder signs at Lake Chabot RegionalRead More

December rains stoke big flows in Bay Area waterfalls

December rains stoke big flows in Bay Area waterfalls

January 6, 2015 at 8:56 pm Comments are Disabled

Heavy rainstorms have awakened the Bay Area’s slumbering waterfalls, providing the biggest and showiest water rush in the hills since three years of drought began. From the Santa Cruz Mountains redwood groves to Mount Diablo bay and oak forests to Sunol-Ohlone Wilderness rocky peaks, heavy December rainfall has opened theRead More

Bay Area homeowner fined for installing drought-tolerant plants

Bay Area homeowner fined for installing drought-tolerant plants

August 20, 2014 at 9:19 pm 1 comment

SAN RAMON — Fran Paxson figured to get a little credit and admiration when she replaced the old lawn around her suburban San Ramon home with drought-resistant plants. Her public water supplier is even rewarding her with a rebate. But her homeowners association — drought and a new state lawRead More

California recreation cancellations caused by the water shortage

California recreation cancellations caused by the water shortage

July 14, 2014 at 8:41 am Comments are Disabled

Barbara Padilla’s traditional family camping trip in a San Mateo County redwood park was canceled because of the drought. Jim Travis’ annual spring charity rubber ducky race in Livermore was relocated to a high school swimming pool when a stream dried up. A Southern California rafting company called off itsRead More

Got water shortage? Fill ‘er up at California’s first recycled water station for homeowners

Got water shortage? Fill ‘er up at California’s first recycled water station for homeowners

July 7, 2014 at 11:12 am Comments are Disabled

PLEASANTON — It’s not everyone’s idea of great swag, but Tri-Valley homeowners are lining up for a new drought freebie — recycled sewer water. Toting empty milk jugs, tubs, buckets, even water tanks, residents have been lining up to fill ’em up since mid-June at what sewer district officials sayRead More