Snowpack looks good, more needed to overcome drought

Snowpack looks good, more needed to overcome drought

December 30, 2015 at 2:17 pm Comments are Disabled

Snowpack in the Sierra Nevada was 16 inches deeper than normal for this time of year, a good indicator that winter storms are already making a dent in the punishing drought that left California with record-low water supplies for the past four years, state officials reported Wednesday. The first humanRead More

California water savings fall slightly in August, still above 25 percent target

California water savings fall slightly in August, still above 25 percent target

October 13, 2015 at 4:00 pm Comments are Disabled

A hot and dry August resulted in a 4 percent decrease in water savings from the previous month as compared to the same months in 2013, state water officials reported Thursday. Water conservation dropped from a high in July of 31.4 percent to nearly 27 percent in August. At theRead More

How much rain will it take to end California’s drought?

How much rain will it take to end California’s drought?

October 13, 2015 at 10:31 am Comments are Disabled

To nudge California out of drought territory, it will take almost double the amount of rain that falls in a normal year during the upcoming rainy season that starts in less than two weeks, according to a recent analysis prepared by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration meteorologists. As flood-control channelsRead More

Drought is killing California’s hydroelectric power. Can solar make up the difference?

Drought is killing California’s hydroelectric power. Can solar make up the difference?

September 16, 2015 at 7:00 am Comments are Disabled

Snowmelt entering Big Creek’s hydroelectric powerhouses has slowed to a trickle. Reservoirs sit at their lowest levels ever. The 102-year-old central-California complex owned and operated by Southern California Edison lost 80 percent of its hydroelectric power this year, a direct result of a persistent drought that has wiped clean theRead More

California keeps on saving water, reduces use by 31% in July

California keeps on saving water, reduces use by 31% in July

September 2, 2015 at 7:00 am Comments are Disabled

California residents reduced water consumption by 31 percent in July, the largest savings in one month since the state began tracking urban water use more than a year ago, state officials announced Thursday. The level of water conservation exceeded the governor’s 25 percent mandate for the third month in aRead More

How California’s drought will impact cities, wildlife in the future

How California’s drought will impact cities, wildlife in the future

September 1, 2015 at 7:00 am Comments are Disabled

If the California drought were to continue for two to three years, rural communities and wildlife would suffer most but urban populations have readied themselves to withstand further curtailments in water deliveries, according to a study released Thursday. The “what if” report from the Public Policy Institute of California praisesRead More

LA County cemetery — largest in nation — will use 100 percent recycled water

LA County cemetery — largest in nation — will use 100 percent recycled water

August 31, 2015 at 4:24 pm Comments are Disabled

WHITTIER >> Half a million people rest eternally under 700 acres of Rose Hills Memorial Park, the largest cemetery in the United States. Just keeping the grass green — a business priority — once required 293 million gallons of potable water a year, as much used in several cities. OnRead More

The next target in Southern California’s drought conservation? Renters

The next target in Southern California’s drought conservation? Renters

August 19, 2015 at 10:34 am Comments are Disabled

Southern California homeowners have been hammered by the drought and have responded by replacing 150 million square feet of lawn in an effort to avoid surcharges slapped onto bills. The result amounted to a savings in water use in June of 23 percent, just below the mandate required by theRead 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 Comments are Disabled

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

California set a water-saving record in May

California set a water-saving record in May

July 6, 2015 at 10:24 am Comments are Disabled

Water conservation levels among California residential users reached an all-time high for May, sending a wave of optimism through state regulators who hope the savings could continue into the drier summer months. Californians used 29 percent less water in May than in the same-month period in 2013, with Southern CaliforniaRead More