Drought News

Santa Monica’s Water Sprinkler Zan Likely a First

Monday, November 23, 2015
In what seems to be a first in drought-stricken California, the City of Santa Monica is banning the use of nearly all new water sprinklers for landscaping, deeming the centuries-old system a water waster.

Sprinkling systems for all new developments and new sprinklers in existing landscapes, including parkways, are prohibited as of the end of the month, City officials said.

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Governor Brown Issues Executive Order to Bolster State’s Drought Response

Monday, November 23, 2015
Executive order includes new provisions to help localities capture stormwater from potential high precipitation events; $5 million in assistance for small water systems.

As California prepares for a fifth year of drought, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an executive order that calls for additional actions to build on the state’s ongoing response to record dry conditions and assist recovery efforts from this year’s devastating wildfires.

Read the full text of the executive order here.

Small crew leads sea change in water quality

Monday, November 23, 2015

Travis Pritchard, interim executive director of San Diego Coastkeeper, on San Diego Bay in the group's boat, Clean Sweep.

Forcing mega corporations to clean up San Diego Bay. Making city officials speed up their work on crumbling sewer pipes. Helping to usher in a new era of water conservation for the region with an unprecedented water-recycling plan.

San Diego Coastkeeper, a nonprofit with a handful of employees and a small boat, has realized these achievements with 20 years of dogged lobbying, diplomacy and litigation.

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Water hogs’ top excuse begins to ring hollow for some

Monday, November 23, 2015

This 1,200-square-foot home in San Leandro, Calif. as seen on Fri. November 13, 2015, tops the list of the most water used as reported by the East Bay Municipal Utilities District.

When names of some of the Bay Area’s biggest water guzzlers started making the rounds recently, so did their alibis. And one explanation flowed forth over and over: that darn leaky pipe.

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California water agency to use Tesla battery to slash peak demand by up to 14%

Monday, November 23, 2015
  • A small California water utility is integrating energy storage into its operations, a plan designed to reduce its peak demand, lower energy costs and keep facilities running in the event of a power outage, PV Magazine reports. Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA), which supplies water to an area of about 242 square miles, will install approximately 3.5 MW of storage at its regional water-recycling facilities and pump stations in Southern California.

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