Drought dries rural wells, residents carry water in buckets

Drought dries rural wells, residents carry water in buckets

December 8, 2014 at 8:57 pm Comments are Disabled

The water vanished from Olivia Vargas’ modest East Porterville home on an ordinary morning as she was rinsing her breakfast dishes. It left Yolanda Serrato’s house just as suddenly, sputtering, then stopping, as she held a garden hose. Soon, the faucets at Iglesia Emmanuel went dry as parishioners tried toRead More

A Stanford study concludes California's extraordinary drought is linked to the abundance of greenhouse gases created by burning fossil fuels. (Altaf Qadri/Associated Press)

California’s drought linked to greenhouse gases, climate change in Stanford study

October 1, 2014 at 10:06 pm 1 comment

The stubborn high-pressure systems that block California rains are linked to the abundance of human-caused greenhouse gases that heat the oceans, according to a major paper released Monday by Stanford scientists. But two other new studies disagree — saying there’s no evidence that warming ocean waters are to blame forRead More

Gov. Jerry Brown to sign landmark California groundwater bill

Gov. Jerry Brown to sign landmark California groundwater bill

September 16, 2014 at 4:20 pm Comments are Disabled

Gov. Jerry Brown will sign a landmark measure Tuesday to regulate groundwater pumping, enacting the most significant California water law in nearly 50 years. The legislation would require local government officials to bring their groundwater basins up to sustainable levels. Local agencies would be required to regularly measure water tablesRead More

Old, leaky pipes lose billions of gallons of water in the Bay Area

Old, leaky pipes lose billions of gallons of water in the Bay Area

August 17, 2014 at 2:00 pm Comments are Disabled

As Bay Area residents struggle to save water during a historic drought, the region’s water providers have been losing about 23 billion gallons a year, a new analysis of state records reveals. Aging and broken pipes, usually underground and out of sight, have leaked enough water annually to submerge theRead More

California drought puts farmers in a bidding war for water

California drought puts farmers in a bidding war for water

July 21, 2014 at 1:19 pm Comments are Disabled

NEWMAN — Rumors drifted across the parched Central Valley that a bidding war for water might push auction prices as high as $3,000 an acre-foot, up from $60 in a normal year. Yet, Ray Flanders needed water to keep his orchards alive. So this spring he sealed his bid inRead More

California Drought: Water officials approve fines for water wasters

California Drought: Water officials approve fines for water wasters

July 15, 2014 at 8:44 pm 1 comment

SACRAMENTO — As California on Tuesday imposed its first-ever statewide rules to punish water wasters, a new survey showed why state officials say the drastic measures are needed: Californians actually increased their water use amid the worst drought in decades. The new rules, approved by the State Water Resources ControlRead More

Cannon Michael, president of Bowles Farming Company Inc. on his family farm near Los Banos, Calif. Water shortages are forcing Michael to leave fields fallow on his 10,000 acre farm. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)

California Drought: San Joaquin Valley sinking as farmers race to tap aquifer

March 29, 2014 at 3:58 pm Comments are Disabled

PIXLEY – So wet was the San Joaquin Valley of Steve Arthur’s childhood that a single 240-foot-deep well could quench the thirst of an arid farm. Now his massive rig, bucking and belching, must drill 1,200 feet deep in search of ever-more-elusive water to sustain this wheat farm north ofRead More