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In California, Water Restrictions Above Ground and Leaks Below

Friday, June 26, 2015

Californians have been ordered to save water because of the drought. But one of the best ways to save it is to not lose it in the first place. That is why many cities in this thirsty state have declared a war on leaks.

Here on Whitsett Avenue in the San Fernando Valley — or rather about 20 feet below it — the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is replacing much of the Coldwater trunk line, a major artery more than 100 years old.

Read the full story here: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/30/science/california-turns-to-stopping-water-leaks.html?_r=0

 


Stormwater Capture: California's Untapped Water Supply

Friday, June 26, 2015
When it rains in California, millions of gallons of water runs down city streets, into storm drains and out to the Pacific Ocean. But with the state in its fourth year of drought, it can’t afford to waste it. Some cities are capturing that rain by soaking it up like a sponge. Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento on what may be California’s next big “untapped” water supply.

California Bill Would Ban Fines For Dry Lawns

Friday, June 26, 2015
The California Legislature has sent the governor a bill to protect residents who let their lawns go brown during the drought.

The Assembly on Thursday advanced AB1 unanimously with 70 votes. It will prohibit local governments from penalizing residents who conserve water by not watering their lawns.

Drought Bill To Combat Water Shortages Passes In California Legislature

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The California Legislature approved a budget bill that would grant the state authority to force water systems to consolidate to serve disadvantaged communities where a steady supply of clean drinking water is not available. Senate Bill 88 also would give public water suppliers the power to impose civil fines of up to $10,000 for violations of water conservation programs, impose new measuring and reporting requirements for water diversions, and suspend environmental review for certain drought-related projects.

The bill approved Friday, which can be read here, passed on divided votes of 24-14 in the Senate and 52-28 in the Assembly. It now awaits Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature.  

Read the full story here: http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=41596&format=xml


How to manage drought: Ask an economist

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
The economics of water scarcity is crucial to sustainable water management, particularly during droughts. California has long benefited from the insights of economists, though their ranks in state water agencies are thinning. Luckily, California has a wealth of young, talented economists already active in public water policy and who will be around for future droughts. California WaterBlog asked five of them what California should be doing to prepare for a fifth year of drought and beyond.


Read the full story here: http://californiawaterblog.com/

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