“Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Tuesday that he was bent on writing “a new chapter” for the Department of Water and Power with the help of its new leader Marcie Edwards — a task that goes beyond cleaning up its woebegone billing system, he argued.”
“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.”
“Despite promises to speed up customer service response times, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s telephone system is still making callers wait an average of nearly 30 minutes on hold, according to a new DWP website.
“A billing information page was launched this week to coincide with the arrival of Marcie Edwards, the new DWP head selected by Mayor Eric Garcetti to lead the city-owned utility.”
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.”
“Until the federal government fulfills water obligations in the north, don’t send it south.
“That was the message from Sacramento River settlement contractors, through an attorney, to the Bureau of Reclamation, which recently forecast the water deliveries to the districts and water companies along the river would be cut by 60 percent.”
“Late-winter rain has prompted the Oakdale and South San Joaquin irrigation districts to postpone the start of their 2014 deliveries to next week.
“Both had planned to begin filling canals Monday, which was somewhat early because of the mostly dry conditions this year, but the recent storms brought a change. OID now plans to start next Monday, and SSJID will follow March 12.”
“A judge ruled the failed regional desalination project agreements can still be challenged, but only by the Monterey County Water Resources Agency and not California American Water.
“Marina Coast Water District, a former regional project partner with Cal Am and the county, has alleged its partners should pay its project costs, estimated at $15 million to $18 million, because they backed out of valid project agreements.”
“In a court battle with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake, the San Diego County Water Authority won a round Tuesday versus its archenemy: the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
“A judge in San Francisco tentatively ruled that Metropolitan violated the California Constitution in setting the rates it charged for transporting water from the Colorado River to San Diego County through its aqueduct and other water transportation facilities.”
“Ukiah Valley residents, businesses and farmers will be required to cut their dependence on Lake Mendocino water by half beginning next month.
“The Russian River Flood Control and Water Conservation Improvement District board of directors Monday night unanimously adopted the 50 percent mandatory cutbacks in an effort to maintain as much water as they can in drought-plagued Lake Mendocino.”
“The East Bay Municipal Utility District anticipates it will need to divert water this year from the Freeport Regional Water Project on the Sacramento River, which it helped build in partnership with Sacramento County at a cost of nearly $1 billion. The district has not used the diversion since it was completed in 2010, but its board will vote in April whether to activate it.”
“Declaring that California’s historic drought is worsening, leaders of Silicon Valley’s largest drinking water provider on Tuesday will consider asking the public for a 20 percent reduction in water use, double what the agency first requested last month.“
“Rain is expected to begin falling on Marin County Wednesday, and continue into the weekend, the National Weather Service said. Despite an extended drought, now in its third year, Marin’s water supply is plentiful enough that authorities are refraining from enforcing rationing — for now.”
“Considering the uncertainty of long-term weather patterns, the Northstar district, Truckee Donner Public Utility District and Placer County Water Agency — which all depend on Martis Valley and deep groundwater wells for water — are encouraging customers to meet the 20 percent request.
“Being a resort community, the Coachella Valley is full of ornamental water features outside hotels, housing developments and golf courses. …
“These types of features typically use water recycled through their systems, but experts say they could hurt California’s water conservation efforts if they’re left unchecked while the state contends with a drought.”
“The Imperial Disadvantaged Community Outreach Program hosted a public workshop at the Holtville City Council chambers Wednesday to hear from the community about its priorities on water-service issues, from flood-control deficiencies to sewage treatment.
“The workshop was funded by the California Department of Water Resources.