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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

This school uses more water than any California State University

This school uses more water than any California State University

July 6, 2015 at 11:30 am Comments are Disabled

POMONA >> Cal Poly Pomona, with its agricultural programs and iconic Arabian horses, uses more water than any other Cal State University, according to officials. But in the midst of a historic statewide drought, Cal Poly Pomona officials are working to cut back on water usage, in response to theRead More

This beautiful butterfly is in danger due to California’s drought

This beautiful butterfly is in danger due to California’s drought

June 12, 2015 at 9:12 am Comments are Disabled

The once promising comeback of the endangered Palos Verdes blue butterfly is sputtering in the face of the drought that has gripped California for four years. In fact, there have been no blue butterflies — zero — even sighted for two years at the Navy fuel depot property off ofRead More

Protesters want Nestle to stop bottling water at Los Angeles plant

May 20, 2015 at 2:08 pm Comments are Disabled

LOS ANGELES — Protesters rallied outside a Nestle water-bottling plant in Los Angeles today, demanding that the company halt its operations in response to the state’s drought. A simultaneous rally was held at a plant in Sacramento. Organizers said they had collected about 500,000 signatures on a series of onlineRead More

Los Angeles homeowners may be able to install small gray water recycling systems without permit fee

April 15, 2015 at 4:36 pm Comments are Disabled

LOS ANGELES — Residents who want to re-use their shower, bath and laundry water in their gardens or lawns would no longer need to pay permit fees to install select gray water recycling systems under a plan proposed April 15 by two Los Angeles City Council members. The city typicallyRead More

Mayor Eric Garcetti poses by a "Save the Drop" sign in front of a home in Sherman Oaks, Thursday, April 9, 2015. Garcetti's water conservation campaign addresses the lawn replacement rebate, signage on buses and educational programs at libraries to urge water conservation. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker/L.A. Daily News)

Los Angeles officials unveil The Drop, water conservation mascot

April 13, 2015 at 3:05 pm Comments are Disabled

Amid a punishing state drought, Los Angeles officials on Thursday unveiled a new city mascot: The Drop. The cartoon water droplet is part of a campaign that asks Angelenos to reduce water use on their lawns and in their homes. City sanitation trucks and Department of Water and Power billRead More

These Southern California cities may have to cut a lot of their water use

These Southern California cities may have to cut a lot of their water use

April 8, 2015 at 2:21 pm Comments are Disabled

Several cities in Southern California will have to reduce water use by as much as 35 percent under a new conservation schedule released by the State Water Resources Control Board. Arcadia, Beverly Hills, Colton, Glendora, La Habra, Redlands, Sierra Madre, South Pasadena and Upland are some of the cities targetedRead More

This Southern California college is trying to learn to farm with less water

April 8, 2015 at 9:31 am Comments are Disabled

A day after Gov. Jerry Brown ordered drought-stricken cities to restrict water use for the first time in state history, Pierce College announced a plan to reflower its historic farm. But if new rows of avocado, citrus and grapes should ever reach fruition next to fresh fields of hay andRead More

How drought, new water restrictions are forcing Inland Empire farmers to change

How drought, new water restrictions are forcing Inland Empire farmers to change

April 3, 2015 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

As demand for local produce grows, farmers across the region are making changes as water is limited and conservation is mandated. “It’s very much a topic of conversation on our tours,” said Melissa Castaneda, an educational program director at Amy’s Farm in Ontario. “We want to squeeze in as muchRead More

Smart water meters aimed at lawn-watering violators

Smart water meters aimed at lawn-watering violators

March 12, 2015 at 6:09 pm Comments are Disabled

The Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners voted Thursday to approve a “smart meter” program to help customers lower their water consumption — and target those who refuse to comply with conservation measures. Long Beach Water Department customers are currently allowed to irrigate lawns for 10 minutes two days aRead More