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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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A Plan to Funnel LA’s Runoff Water Into a Beautiful Pool

Monday, November 23, 2015

Even in dehydrated California, there’s water to spare. A lot of it flows through the Los Angeles River, which carries some 200 million gallons of water a day right into the Pacific Ocean, where it’s lost forever.Lujac Desautel is a young architect with an idea for all that wasted water. He calls the project Liquifying Aquifers. The concept calls for building some monolithic infrastructure along the Tujunga Wash, a 13-mile tributary of the L.A. river, that could siphon and clean the water running through it. Some of it would fill a public swimming pool; the rest would go into the parched San Fernando Valley groundwater basin, an aquifer that supplies potable water to more than 800,000 people in the Los Angeles area.

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California’s water system needs innovation

Monday, November 23, 2015

California is in the midst of a historic drought. We have had only one wet winter in the last eight years. The consequences of the drought are tremendous as communities thirst for drinking water, farm lands lay fallow, and industries make drastic changes in how they do business.

The potential for El Niño rains may bring us short term relief, but may also create a false sense of water security. Simply stated: We cannot rely on El Niño to solve California’s water problems.

That is why the time has come for us to update our antediluvian water system through innovative, long-term solutions. The current system was built on the flawed premise that water would always be plentiful. We just need to capture it, store it and transport it.

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