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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

Bay Area agencies hiring water cops to respond to water waste

Bay Area agencies hiring water cops to respond to water waste

July 21, 2014 at 9:15 pm 1 comment

It’s about to get more difficult to go unnoticed if your sprinklers are watering the street more than your lawn. California’s worsening drought and mandatory new state water rules are prompting Bay Area water agencies to beef up their conservation staffs — the employees sometimes called “water cops.” Only aRead More

Discussing California’s drought, fire season and political debates

Discussing California’s drought, fire season and political debates

July 14, 2014 at 9:24 pm Comments are Disabled

The July 11 episode of KQED Newsroom discussed the growing environmental concerns, political debates and financial impact California will face during fire season leading up to the fall election.

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

California drought: Water district sleuths help Bay Area residents cut waste

California drought: Water district sleuths help Bay Area residents cut waste

July 7, 2014 at 2:11 pm Comments are Disabled

Drew Mathers doesn’t carry a badge or a gun, but he’s still a detective — one who spends his days snooping through the bathrooms and backyards of Silicon Valley. He’s not looking for hidden weapons or suitcases stuffed with drug money. He’s on the hunt for water waste. Mathers andRead 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

California drought may doom abandoned pet turtles

California drought may doom abandoned pet turtles

June 18, 2014 at 8:47 am Comments are Disabled

SAN JOSE – California’s drought is turning the oasis that was Overfelt Gardens into cracked clay and creating a crisis for abandoned pet turtles in the park’s ponds. But because they aren’t native to California, the turtles aren’t getting any love from officials who decide where water goes and whereRead More

Fish evacuated from Northern California hatcheries amid drought

June 17, 2014 at 5:00 pm Comments are Disabled

SAN FRANCISCO — Workers evacuated rainbow trout on Tuesday from a hatchery on the American River as part of rescue efforts prompted by concerns that California’s drought will increase water temperatures and kill the fish. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife was using tanker trucks to remove trout fromRead More

Oakland: Pair of canyon fires contained after four-alarm response

Oakland: Pair of canyon fires contained after four-alarm response

June 17, 2014 at 3:42 pm Comments are Disabled

OAKLAND — A pair of brush fires burning in Dimond Canyon below Park Boulevard quickly went to four alarms Tuesday afternoon, but were contained in less than an hour, Oakland fire officials said. The first blaze was reported at 1:56 p.m. near the intersection of Park Boulevard and Estates Drive,Read More

Nation’s largest desalination plant looking to provide drought-proof water supply to California

Nation’s largest desalination plant looking to provide drought-proof water supply to California

June 16, 2014 at 12:01 pm Comments are Disabled

CARLSBAD >> On sunny afternoons, this stretch of beach 35 miles north of San Diego offers a classic Southern California backdrop: joggers, palm trees and surfers, flanked by waves rolling in and pelicans soaring overhead. But just across the road, another scene, unlike any other in the state’s history, isRead More