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City to fine-tune its response to water conservation mandate

By Janelle Wetzstein,

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Since the state water control board enacted conservation mandates last week that require local jurisdictions to fine excessive water users, Napa officials are scrambling to educate customers and themselves on the newly issued decrees.  “I don’t believe that for a lot of our customers (the state mandate) is going to mean anything,” said Napa General Water Manager Joy Eldredge. “Most people are already doing these things anyways. What we’re not certain on yet is how much a potential fine could be and if we are able to modify our drought plan. We’ll know more later this week…”   Read the full story:

Gold is the New Green campaign makes national news

Friday, July 18, 2014

Recently on NBC Nightly News, reporter Mike Taibbi takes us on a journey around the state, and even features our own campaign for water conservation, “Gold is the New Green.” Take a look at the well done piece that focuses on our region’s need to take this drought seriously. Visit NBC News for more.

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Drought shaming could be effective way to get neighbors to conserve water

By LiLi Tan, KSBY News

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Some California cities are finding creative ways to combat conservation apathy: asking residents to drought shame their neighbors and report them to utility companies if they see them wasting water...

Long Beach Water Commissioners Increase Turf Removal Rebate

By Maren Machles, Long Beach Post

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The drought is no laughing matter as the Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners wants to give Long Beach residents and businesses money to help conserve...

Water school helps Santa Cruz customers flush fines: More than $122K in overuse fees suspended

By J.M. Brown, Contra Costa Times

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Three days after her husband died, Melinda Williams got a shocking bill in the mail.  Water use at the two-bedroom home she rents out near downtown Santa Cruz had surpassed the limit...

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