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California by 2080: Will the state be crippled by drought?

Thursday, September 03, 2015

California is now well into its fourth consecutive year of drought, and we already know that climate change has likely played a pivotal role in exacerbating the situation.

This is not without consequences. Tensions in the state have mounted as urban and agricultural water users become increasingly stressed by water shortages. One thing that all Californians can agree upon is that we need to find some solutions, because this situation is not tenable in the long run. 

By 2080, climate models agree that California stands to experience a decrease in average rainfall accompanied with an increase in average temperatures. I will illustrate with three graphics below how the state will be affected by these climate impacts.

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Do you need help with the AWWA Water Audit?

Wednesday, September 02, 2015
As you should be aware, agencies are expected to use the AWWA Water Audit Software to meet one of the coverage requirements of the Water Loss Control BMP (1.2). This software allows utilities to complete a preliminary water system audit in the standardized and transparent manner advocated by the American Water Works Association (AWWA)...

Today in El Niño Advice: Don’t Worry About The Blob

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Above is an image, generated on Monday, of current sea surface temperature anomalies — that is, the difference between the current temperature and the average temperature between 1961-1990. It shows the hottest temperatures in the North Pacific Ocean since we started keeping records. That’s following July, which was the hottest month ever recorded on Earth. Just about everything about this picture is historically unprecedented.

The ocean, says University of Washington Research Meteorologist Nicholas Bond, is prepartying. We’ve seen widespread above-average temperatures in the North Pacific before (although never like anything this high), but only following El Niños, like in 1958 and 1998. Those cases, Bond says, were “more of a hangover from El Niño.” Now, he says, with a historically strong El Niño just beginning, “we’re going into the party with a snootful.”

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Unintended consequences of conserving water: leaky pipes, less revenue, bad odors

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Under orders to slash water use amid a historic drought, cities and towns across the state saved about 75 billion gallons in July, eclipsing Gov. Jerry Brown's once-daunting order for a 25% reduction.

But, in a paradox of conservation, water agencies say the unprecedented savings — 31% in July over July 2013 — are causing or compounding a slew of problems.

Sanitation districts are yanking tree roots out of manholes and stepping up maintenance on their pipes to prevent corrosion and the spread of odors. And when people use less potable water, officials say, there's less wastewater available to recycle.

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Wolk’s water bills advance to Assembly floor

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

The Assembly’s Appropriations Committee voted Thursday to approve two bills by state Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, focused on saving water during the state’s ongoing drought.

Senate Bill 7 requires the installation of sub-meters in new multi-family residential buildings, encouraging responsible water consumption and conservation by providing residents accurate information about the volume and cost of their water usage.

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