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California's New Website Lets You Tattle On Water Wasters

Monday, August 03, 2015
Droughtshaming isn't going away any time soon. California has launched a website that allows you to tattle on any water wasters you encounter.

The new site, SaveWater, went live on Thursday, according to CBS LA. It allows users to anonymously submit reports and photos of water wasting. This can include people who are watering lawns when they're not supposed to, leaky sprinklers and people hosing down sidewalks or driveways. There also a couple ones weird ones: if a server brings you water at a bar or restaurant that you didn't ask for, you can tell on them. You can also report hotels or motels that don't give you an option to save used towels or linens for repeated use. 

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Feinstein, Boxer Introduce California Emergency Drought Relief Act

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer (both D-Calif.) today introduced the California Emergency Drought Relief Act, a bill with both short- and long-term provisions designed to help communities cope with the ongoing drought and combat future droughts.

The bill is the product of months of meetings between Senator Feinstein and her staff, federal, state and local officials, environmental groups, water districts and other stakeholders. Feinstein staff visited dozens of water projects throughout the state to collect ideas, while Washington staff consulted frequently with federal agencies.

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EBMUD board rejects offering rebates to switch from grass to fake turf

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Saying it might cause more harm than good, East Bay water officials Tuesday rejected the idea of giving homeowners a break for ripping up live grass and replacing it with plastic turf -- drought or no drought.

Despite the potential to save water, the East Bay Municipal Utility District board unanimously opposed a proposal to give rebates of up to $1,250 to switch from live to artificial grass.

Board members noted concerns of environmentalists that the push for synthetic grass would produce more waste at landfills, reduce habitat for bugs and birds, kill valuable microbes in soil, heat surface temperatures and reduce water percolation into the earth.

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Keeping up with the Joneses' drought-friendly yard boosted MWD's tab for rebates

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

When it came down to it, the number crunchers at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California knew they saved a lot more water for every dollar spent subsidizing low-flush toilets than drought-friendly lawns.

But there was one thing the MWD planners didn't bank on when they threw an unprecedented $340 million into persuading residents to tear out their lawns: The value of one-upping your neighbor.

They said it contributed to a rush of rebate sign-ups that, in a matter of weeks, exhausted all the turf removal funds for the rest of the year — and provided an unexpected lesson in social engineering.

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California Drought Renews Focus On Capturing, Recycling Stormwater

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

California’s drought has placed a renewed focus on capturing stormwater and recycling in ways that could transform the state’s urban areas.

The first stop was the largest nursery in Southern California, Altman Plants, but it wasn’t for the plants. It was to see how one of the Los Angeles-area’s biggest water users was able to cut water use in half.

Production manager Jesse Perez showed how Altman Plants is so huge and needs so much water that the company decided to install not one, but three reservoirs in September. It’s all part of an ambitious, and so far highly successful, plan to recycle water.

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