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California's drought response barrels forward

Thursday, April 09, 2015

California's water restrictions barreled ahead Wednesday with stringent new standards for all toilets, urinals and faucets sold in the state starting in 2016 -- another sign that the Golden State's drought situation truly is circling the drain.

The California Energy Commission adopted low-flow regulations -- new toilets will be limited to 1.28 gallons per flush -- that will save more than 10 billion gallons in the first year, and in time, up to 105 billion gallons per year -- more than three times the annual amount of water used by San Francisco.

No more playing nice: California names, shames water wasters

Thursday, April 09, 2015

California is done with gentle nudges and polite reminders to deal with its devastating drought.

State regulators are naming and shaming local water departments that have let water wasters slide — and forcing agencies to slash water use by as much as a third. They say it’s necessary as California reservoirs, and the snow on mountains that is supposed to refill them, reach record lows.

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How the Drought Is Changing California Forever

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Cambria, a seaside hamlet of vacation homes and wine bars, offers a glimpse of how far Californians must go to conserve water as the most populous U.S. state struggles through the worst drought in its history.

Residents take pails into the shower to capture runoff, then empty them into toilet tanks. Others rarely flush. Once-verdant lawns have yellowed.

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New Council Report: Turf Removal & Replacement

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
The Council is excited to announce the release of its new report - Turf Removal & Replacement: Lessons Learned.

This report offers a quantitative context for turf removal programs, details anecdotal program challenges, and provides guidance on how to optimize program outcomes.

Data and information presented in the report were collected from Council member water agencies. 

Thank you to all Council members for your support; this report was made possible through your annual dues. 

Special thanks to the contributing agencies - your voluntary data-sharing is Council 'reporting' at its best.


California drought: S.F. seeks tech fix to leaky pipes

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

John Bess of Baltimore has spent the past two weeks walking around San Francisco with his headphones and Orioles cap on. He’s logged nearly 10 miles a day, past such sites as the Embarcadero, Telegraph Hill and AT&T Park.

But Bess is no tourist. He’s searching for water leaks in the city’s underground pipelines with a special microphone and earpiece that enables him to hear escaping water from the street — rather than having to dig down and find it.

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