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Barnidge: Instead of worrying about more water, how about conserving what we have?

By Tom Barnidge Contra Costa Times Columnist

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The way Chris Dundon, Contra Costa Water District's conservation coordinator, tells the story, the customer who called for advice was a transplant from San Francisco with a yard so large it required 28 watering stations. Most were drip irrigation, some were sprinklers, and nearly all were broken. That's what accounted for his enormous water bill… Read the full story:

In Silicon Valley, Symbols of California’s Drought Abound

By Circle of Blue

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

 The rutted patch of dirt outside the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s headquarters is not supposed to look like a playground for all-terrain vehicles. The 11-acre site is usually filled five-feet deep with water flowing out from distant mountains. Built in 1932, the Alamitos Groundwater Recharge project filters the supplies drip by drip into an aquifer beneath the Santa Clara Valley where the water is stored for future use. The Alamitos site is one of nearly 100 groundwater recharge ponds that the district operates. Today, in the midst of a record drought in California, nearly all are dry. There will be no deposits this year in the water bank… Read the full story:

Drought leaves San Bernardino Basin groundwater levels at historic low

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Groundwater levels for the water-rich San Bernardino Basin are at the lowest levels in recorded history, officials charged with monitoring the basin say.  The basin provides much of the water needs for such cities as San Bernardino, Riverside, Redlands, Loma Linda, Rialto and Highland.  The groundwater drawdown easily surpasses the previous low point reached in 1964, which occurred at the end of a 20-year drought, water agency officials say…. Read the full story:

Santa Cruz council to mull water rate hike: Five-year plan would increase rates 61 percent

By J.M. Brown, Santa Cruz Sentinel News

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Santa Cruz City Council on Tuesday will hear a plan to increase sharply water rates and create a drought-recovery fee for funding infrastructure projects, stabilizing revenue and boosting reserves.  Water Director Rosemary Menard proposes hiking rates — both the ready-to-serve and separate consumption charge — 10 percent in October and 10 percent each July for the next four years. The increases represent a total hike of 61 percent through 2019 for customers living inside and outside the city… Read the full story:

Q&A: City of Sacramento watching for water run-off, watering violations

By Ryan Lillis, The Sacramento Bee

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

With California in a severe drought, the State Water Resources Control Board ruled last week that some cases of water waste could be treated as criminal infractions.  The city of Sacramento declared a water shortage in January and has been enforcing tough rules since then. The Sacramento Bee asked Sacramento utilities director Dave Brent how the city was dealing with the state’s latest ruling… Read the full story:

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