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: http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/News/ci_26191560/Santa-Cruz-council-to-mull-water-rate-hike
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: http://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/city-to-fine-tune-its-response-to-water-conservation-mandate/article_05a93396-44ab-52cb-9de1-4f28a8233d5d.html
DWR and the UC System are collaborating on a statewide workshop series on managing landscapes during the drought, designed for landscape irrigation managers.
As a solution for California’s complex water challenges, conserving water to get more from every drop stands out for its great potential and the misconceptions around it...