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Water allocations to be increased for Southern California, drought conditions may be easing

April 18, 2014 at 11:11 am Comments are Disabled

The state Department of Water Resources announced Friday it will increase the amount of water it will release from the State Water Project from zero to 5 percent, a sign that drought conditions in California may be easing. Storms in February and March increased the snowpack in the Sierra NevadaRead More

9 of 10 say California is suffering ‘serious water shortage’ during drought

9 of 10 say California is suffering ‘serious water shortage’ during drought

April 16, 2014 at 12:27 pm 1 comment

Nearly nine out of 10 Californians say the state is suffering from a “serious water shortage,” according to a new poll that confirms widespread concern over the lack of rain, diminished Sierra snowpack and low reservoir levels after three years of drought. But deep, decades-old divisions remain across the stateRead More

WaterSmart software for a more water-wise lifestyle

WaterSmart software for a more water-wise lifestyle

April 11, 2014 at 3:56 pm Comments are Disabled

The average single-family home in the East Bay Municipal Utility District used 135 gallons of water per person per day last year. But it’s hard to know just where that water went. Water meters are generally read every other month, and water districts don’t typically have great software capabilities toRead More

California Drought: Preparation, conservation help some businesses profit

California Drought: Preparation, conservation help some businesses profit

April 5, 2014 at 11:25 am Comments are Disabled

Turns out that location matters when it comes to the impact of California’s drought. “It’s really a situation now where the drought in California is different for Northern California and Southern California,” said Richard Restuccia, director of Water Management Solutions for Calabasas-basedValleyCrest Landscape Companies, the nation’s biggest landscape management firm.Read More

How Southern California golf courses are managing water use during a drought

How Southern California golf courses are managing water use during a drought

April 4, 2014 at 11:34 am Comments are Disabled

Golf courses and public parks, with their acres and acres of thirsty grass, are heavy water users, and Southern California course operators and park officials say they were mandated to cut consumption since well before the governor’s office declared a drought emergency this year. “Let me first say that theRead 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

Could a toilet reinvention help save $260 billion worldwide?

Could a toilet reinvention help save $260 billion worldwide?

March 24, 2014 at 4:14 pm Comments are Disabled

NEW DELHI — Who would have expected a toilet to one day filter water, charge a cellphone or create charcoal to combat climate change? These are lofty ambitions beyond what most of the world’s 2.5 billion people with no access to modern sanitation would expect. Yet, scientists and toilet innovatorsRead More

Extreme water saving: How one Bay Area woman uses 30 gallons a day

Extreme water saving: How one Bay Area woman uses 30 gallons a day

March 21, 2014 at 10:46 am Comments are Disabled

OAKLAND — While the average single-family home in the East Bay Municipal Utility District used 135 gallons of water per person per day last year, Elizabeth Dougherty got by with just 30 gallons. The lowest she’s hit: 20 gallons a day. In the ongoing drought, conservation-minded Dougherty epitomizes the “low-H20”Read More

How California’s drought is changing organic milk and honey

March 20, 2014 at 11:46 am Comments are Disabled

The milk that you think is organic, isn’t. Not really. Blame the California drought, which has dried up the grass that gives farmers the right to slap the label “organic” on their meat and milk. It’s not hard to win that label from the US department of agriculture: farmers justRead More

California drought could spark ‘out of bounds’ wildfires, officials warn

California drought could spark ‘out of bounds’ wildfires, officials warn

March 19, 2014 at 11:48 am Comments are Disabled

California is facing wildfires “outsize of any normal bounds” as a historic drought turns drying brush and trees into a perfect tinderbox, officials have warned. The state recorded 665 wildfires from 1 January, about triple the average of 225 for this time of year, according to figures compiled by CalRead More