“While the average single-family home in the East Bay Municipal Utility District used 135 gallons of water per person per day last year, Elizabeth Dougherty got by with just 30 gallons. The lowest she’s hit: 20 gallons a day.”
“As California’s historic drought worsens by the day, Silicon Valley’s main water provider faces a difficult choice: Risk catastrophic flooding if a major earthquake strikes its largest dam — or drain billions of gallons of water from the reservoir behind it to make repairs.”
From the San Francisco Chronicle’s The Opinion Shop blog, in a post by Marshall Kilduff:
“If you think shorter showers and occasional flushes are a pain, consider what to do about the venerable fly-casting ponds in Golden Gate park in a drought year. Three football-field-sized concrete tanks, dating back to the 1930s, are normally drained, washed and refilled every year.”
“Contra Costa Water District customers are being asked to voluntarily cut water use 15 percent this year, but they will not face higher drought rates to penalize those who fall short, the agency’s water board decided Wednesday.”
“A recent ruling by the state Court of Appeals has thrown another costly curve or two in Marin’s efforts to tighten building restrictions to protect creeks and the spawning habitat they provide for coho salmon.”
“A $600,000 consultant will conduct geotechnical studies and preliminary design work for expansion of Phoenix Lake into both a reservoir and runoff retention basin as part of ambitious plans to control flooding in the Ross Valley.”
“The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is in a much better position than most other California water agencies as the state stares down its first full year of drought: Its Hetch Hetchy Reservoir remains 51 percent full, and its customers use far less water than most others.
“But if the bone-dry conditions persist, it won’t be.”
“An innovative project installed by the city to cleanse storm water naturally before it reaches San Francisco Bay is serving as an inspiration for a similar, but larger project planned for El Cerrito and six other East Bay cities.”
“That could be southern Alameda County’s stark new reality as people who water lawns too often could get slapped with a misdemeanor if the Alameda County Water District board declares an emergency water shortage Thursday with mandatory limits on landscape irrigation.”
“If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to carry a water bottle there.
“Why? Because the Board of Supervisors voted this week to ban the sale of single-use bottles of water in city buildings and parks and at city-permitted events, making San Francisco the largest municipality in the country to phase out plastic water bottles.”
As February began, Marin was in the grips of a drought. December saw only 1.16 inches of rain and January was even worse: 0.01 of an inch, an all-time low dating back to 1879. … Flash forward to Monday.”
“As the state’s drought deepens, Stanford University’s water conservation efforts and strategies for expanding water resources for the future could serve as a helpful model for the rest of the state, a panel of Stanford experts said at a public forum on Tuesday night.”