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Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) and California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

News Release: Californians Encouraged to Learn More About Saving Water at State

From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) and California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

As the California State Fair kicks off today [July 11], Save Our Water – a partnership between the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) – is encouraging Californians to visit its displays featuring easy ways to save water inside and outside the home. Staff from DWR will be on hand to help attendees identify opportunities to conserve.
Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Editorial: Water Conservation in California Can No Longer Be Voluntary

From the Los Angeles Times:

Earlier this year, Gov. Jerry Brown urged Californians to voluntarily cut their water usage by 20% to help preserve the state’s already limited supply during this severe drought. But sometimes, asking nicely doesn’t work.

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Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: $500-a-day Fines for California Water Hogs?

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

A proposal by the State Water Resources Control Board, to be considered Tuesday in Sacramento, would bar residents from spraying down sidewalks, driveways and patios, watering lawns or gardens to the point of causing runoff, washing cars without a shut-off nozzle, and using potable water in fountains.

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Emergency Rules Would Add Teeth to California Water-conservation Rules

From The Sacramento Bee:

California water authorities proposed emergency regulations this week that would prohibit wasteful lawn watering and car washing, with fines of up to $500 a day for residents who break the rules.

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

State Water Board Proposes Outdoor Watering Restrictions

From the Los Angeles Times:

Urban water agencies across California would have to impose mandatory restrictions on outdoor watering under a proposed state rule. Though a number of cities, including Los Angeles, already have such regulations in place, most don’t.

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

State May Turn Up Pressure on Water Violations

From the Stockton Record:

State water cops on Wednesday announced unprecedented emergency rules that, if approved later this month, would limit how everyday Californians use water. Similar rules are already on the books in Stockton and other local communities.

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Aquafornia news Associated Press

California Hopes Fines Up to $500 Slow Water Waste

From the Associated Press:

Bo Cuketieh inadvertently let a fine mist from a leaky hose soak the front lawn of a Southern California home Wednesday before considering that such water waste could merit a $500 fine under unprecedented restrictions proposed by California regulators.

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Aquafornia news U-T San Diego

Water Restrictions On the Way

From U-T San Diego:

State regulators are on the verge of ordering tough water conservation measures that include stiff fines for those who refuse to comply — an unprecedented emergency mandate being taken as a historic drought threatens the economic and environmental vitality of California.

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Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

In New Drought Move, State Plan Would Cut Outdoor Water Use, Impose Fines

From the Santa Rosa Press Democrat:

A move by the state to impose mandatory water conservation measures on residents around California is poised to trigger tough new restrictions on landscape irrigation and other outdoor water use to preserve dwindling supplies in the now extended drought.

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Aquafornia news New York Times

Editorial: Saving Water in California

From The New York Times:

California is in the third year of its worst drought in decades. But you wouldn’t know it by looking at how much water the state’s residents and businesses are using. According to a recent state survey, Californians cut the amount of water they used in the first five months of the year by just 5 percent, far short of the 20 percent reduction Gov.
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Commentary: We’re All Wet When It Comes to Controlling Our Water Appetites

From the Los Angeles Times, in a commentary by Patt Morrison:

Five months ago, Gov. Jerry Brown asked us to use 20% less water. We’ve managed 5%. Good job, California.

Now the state and cities should force us to do what we aren’t grown up enough to do on our own.

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Aquafornia news Associated Press

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: California Board Considers Fines for Wasting Water

From the Associated Press:

Wasting water outdoors amid the state’s drought will begin hitting Californians in the wallet under get-tough restrictions being proposed by state regulators, with fines of up to $500 a day for overwatering front lawns or washing a car without a nozzle on the hose.

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Aquafornia news Associated Press

Interior Secretary Pledges $43 Million for Conservation

From the Associated Press:

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced Tuesday that more than $43 million will be distributed from a federal fund for recreation and conservation projects nationwide, kicking off a weeklong campaign around the nation to support the fund’s permanent renewal as Congress resumes.

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Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Water District Sleuths Help Bay Area Residents Cut Waste

From the San Jose Mercury News:

Drew Mathers doesn’t carry a badge or a gun, but he’s still a detective — one who spends his days snooping through the bathrooms and backyards of Silicon Valley. … He’s on the hunt for water waste.

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Aquafornia news New York Times

Californians Keep Up With Joneses’ Water Use

From The New York Times:

In five months since the drought emergency was declared, Californians have cut their water consumption only 5 percent compared with recent years, according to state officials — a far cry from the 20 percent that Gov. Jerry Brown called for in January.

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Aquafornia news Modesto Bee

Modesto Strives to Get Water Customers to Conserve

From The Modesto Bee:

Modesto is asking everyone to conserve water as the state bakes under a third straight year of drought. And in case folks have not gotten the message, the city is helping them.

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Commentary: Fill the Gaps in Water Conservation Plan

From the Santa Cruz Sentinel, in a commentary by Bruce Van Allen:

Soon the Santa Cruz City Council will consider a new Master Conservation Plan.

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Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Editorial: Everyone has to Pitch in to Save Water

From the Marin Independent Journal:

Gov. Jerry Brown has asked Californians to “redouble” their efforts to conserve water.

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Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Composting Toilets Save Water, Spark Conversations

From the San Jose Mercury News:

The most radical “green” features of the City of San Jose’s new Environmental Innovation Center are concealed behind two doors marked “Women” and “Men.” There, plopped between the other conventional stalls, are two “composting toilets,” the first ever installed in a California office building.

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Aquafornia news California Department of Food and Agriculture Planting Seeds blog

Blog: State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) Built on Collaborative Partnerships

From the California Department of Food and Agriculture Planting Seeds blog:

CDFA continues to accept applications for the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program, or SWEEP. The deadline to apply is July 15, 2014.

The program is designed to provide financial assistance to agricultural operations for the implementation of of water conservation measures that increase water efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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