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Hoover Golden State Poll: Californians Open to Sacrifice When it Comes to Addressing the Drought

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

As California copes with its four-year drought, a new Hoover Institution survey shows that the Golden State’s electorate is amenable—across ideological and regional divides--to continued water conservation and sharing groundwater resources with neighboring communities.

“The drought is that rare occurrence that affects Californians from all walks of life,” said Hoover Institution research fellow Bill Whalen. “The good news in this survey is that voters are open to sharing and sacrifice –even though it might require some skilled salesmanship from the state’s leaders.”

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Click here for poll results: Hoover Golden State Poll.

After years of low rates, customers can expect to pay more for water

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

With all the questions surrounding the nation's water supplies and systems, one thing seems certain: Customers will be paying more to keep their taps flowing.

Rates have been shooting up nationwide in drought-stricken states and in cities trying to upgrade their aging infrastructure. Experts say the trend is sure to accelerate as the cost of water, treatment and delivery comes into line with how essential water is to our daily lives.

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What you need to know about BMP 1.4 Reporting

Monday, September 28, 2015
I’ve received several questions about Retail Conservation Pricing this past week, and implementation of this BMP can get complicated, but I’ll give you an overview on the BMP and how to report on it in this week’s blog. Prior to July 1st of this year, there were two basic methods or “Options” for implementation. For both of these options, determination of whether a utility is “on track” is based, in part, on the utility’s annual revenue as reported to the Council. Option 1 evaluates the portion of utility revenue that comes from volumetric charges on customers’ water bills. To be “on track,” a utility must derive at least 70% of its revenue from such charges. Option 2 uses rate design models to calculate a utility-specific percentage of volumetric revenue. Since July 1st, Council members can use new “Option 3.” This option uses a point scale from a three-section matrix. Option 3 reporting, including a spreadsheet tool, was highlighted during a recent Council webinar.  That video is available for members to view on the Council website. []

City to replace medians with designs that use less water

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Three medians in Laguna Woods are getting a drought-tolerant facelift.

On Sept. 16, the City Council voted unanimously to design drought-conscious medians along Moulton Parkway.

The Moulton Parkway Water Efficient Median Project is intended to reduce irrigation and runoff by replacing grass with drought-tolerant plants, water-efficient irrigation systems and piping for recycled water, staff reports said.

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Awareness, The first Step to a Water Scarcity Solution

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
For more than a century, Americans have treated water like an infinite commodity, as free and abundant as sunlight. On June 1, when Governor Jerry Brown of California mandated statewide water-use restrictions, this house of cards came tumbling down. It became clear that we have overlooked and abused our access to one of the earth’s most precious resources.


You will know we are winning the war for a sustainable future when your neighbors, family members and colleagues can tell you how much water they use and what it costs. We’ll know we’ve made a cultural shift when conservation technologies are embraced as tenants of responsibility and symbols that we care about the sustainability and the future generations that depend upon it.