“About 61,000 Novato residents will soon be urged to cut back water usage 20 percent and guided to tools to help them do so under an emergency water shortage ordinance adopted Tuesday night by the North Marin Water District.”
“Sacramento’s drought police were out in force again Thursday, cracking down on residents watering their lawns out of turn.
“Soon, the city plans to focus more on commercial users, city Utilities Director Dave Brent told The Bee’s editorial board. Good – it’s only fair that businesses, office parks and other commercial customers are held accountable as well.”
“In the latest sign that California’s historic drought is having a worsening impact on Silicon Valley, the region’s largest water provider is putting in place unprecedented cutbacks this spring on cities, farmers and its own efforts to recharge groundwater supplies.”
“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.”
“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.”
“With California facing its worst water shortage crisis in modern history, Save Our Water – a partnership between the Association of California Water Agencies(ACWA) and the California Department of Water Resources(DWR) – has launched a ‘Californians Don’t Waste’ Public Service Announcement (PSA) campaign to bring awareness to simple ways citizens can save water every day.
“In response to the continuing statewide drought, Otay Water District’s Board of Directors last Friday declared a Level 1 – Supply Watch Condition in which a 10 percent reduction of water use is requested.”
From the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) staff Switchboard blog, in a post by Frances Beinecke:
“California can withstand this drought—and the arid days ahead brought on by climate change—if it expands water saving measures. These solutions are already benefiting the state. Los Angeles uses the same amount of water today as it did in 1970 despite adding 1 million people.
“Water efficiency, recycling, and other local supplies will help California flourish in a drier future.
From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
“Every year, more than 10,000 gallons of water is wasted in homes due to easy-to-fix leaks. Nationwide, household leaks add up to more than 1 trillion gallons of water lost every year. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is reminding homeowners of the easy steps they can take to help save water in their communities now and for future generations.
“Despite urgent calls for water conservation amid one of California’s worst droughts, more than 255,000 homeowners and businesses across the state can still use all the water they want without paying higher bills.
“And nobody even knows how much water they are using.”