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How some homeowners are prevented from conserving water

How some homeowners are prevented from conserving water

July 6, 2015 at 2:00 pm Comments are Disabled

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

Bay Area city defends construction of massive water park during drought

June 12, 2015 at 1:00 am Comments are Disabled

DUBLIN — Construction is underway on what city officials boast will be the “biggest and best” water park in the East Bay, however some Dublin residents are questioning the wisdom of building the $36 million Emerald Glen Aquatic Center in the midst of a historic drought. Residents are being askedRead More

California drought: Hundreds turn out to oppose San Jose Water Company’s strict drought rules

California drought: Hundreds turn out to oppose San Jose Water Company’s strict drought rules

June 10, 2015 at 10:51 am Comments are Disabled

SAN JOSE — Despite an outcry from hundreds of residents, San Jose Water Company officials say they are sticking with their plan to impose some of the state’s strictest water conservation rules on more than 1 million people across Silicon Valley starting June 15. More than 350 people turned outRead More

San Jose Water Company to allow extra drought allocations for larger families

San Jose Water Company to allow extra drought allocations for larger families

June 10, 2015 at 10:39 am Comments are Disabled

SAN JOSE — Silicon Valley’s largest water company is changing how it will roll out some of the state’s strictest water conservation rules to address complaints that the new per-household allocations unfairly penalize large families. The San Jose Water Company will still assign monthly water budgets to the 1 millionRead More

San Jose, Santa Clara mayors drink recycled sewage to push expanding reclaimed water

San Jose, Santa Clara mayors drink recycled sewage to push expanding reclaimed water

May 6, 2015 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

SAN JOSE — San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews and other Silicon Valley leaders on Monday took big gulps of recycled water — filtered, cleaned and disinfected sewage — to show that it is safe and should be a growing part of Silicon Valley’s drinking waterRead More

Drought-minded San Jose may cut down on outdoor watering, planting of new lawns

Drought-minded San Jose may cut down on outdoor watering, planting of new lawns

April 16, 2015 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

SAN JOSE — As California braces for a fourth year of record drought, the city of San Jose is getting serious about cutting down on outdoor watering, weighing new restrictions on residents’ ability to irrigate their lawns, plants and trees, and weighing significant constraints on new lawns. Under a proposalRead More

UC Berkeley students create low-water templates for San Lorenzo yards

UC Berkeley students create low-water templates for San Lorenzo yards

April 15, 2015 at 4:40 pm Comments are Disabled

SAN LORENZO — Catherine Kavasch knew she wanted to get rid of her lawn, she just wasn’t sure what to grow in her yard instead. But now she has four templates to guide her in what and where to plant, created by UC Berkeley landscape architecture students specifically for SanRead More

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

To help combat drought, one California county may invest in desalination

April 7, 2015 at 12:20 pm Comments are Disabled

SAN JOSE — A county supervisor has pounced on the governor’s pledge to fund desalination plants, saying Monday it’s time for the Bay Area to take another look at building the facilities. Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors President Dave Cortese said that, given the current drought and with noRead More

Despite drought, Bay Area water district executives reap generous pay

Despite drought, Bay Area water district executives reap generous pay

March 17, 2015 at 1:57 pm 1 comment

Jerry Brown’s salary and benefits topped $416,000 last year, putting him in the stratosphere of California’s top-paid government officials. No, not Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown, the Golden State’s governor. Try Jerry D. Brown, general manager of the Contra Costa Water District. A new Bay Area News Group analysis of theRead More