California Drought

A lawn being watered in Pleasanton. (CBS)

Pleasanton Approves Steep Fines Against Water Wasters

On Tuesday night, the city council voted to reinstate heavy fines against people who don’t cut their water bills 25 percent below what they used in 2013.

04/22/2015

Artificial turf field at Highlands Park in San Carlos. (CBS)

San Carlos Residents Question Watering Of Artificial Turf Field

It sounded like a no brainer, San Carlos installed artificial turf to save water. Now, neighbors are asking why a turf field is still being watered.

04/21/2015

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Change.org Petition Aims To Shame California Lawmakers Into Finding New Water Sources

There’s nothing subtle about the latest petition demanding that California politicians solve the state’s water crisis.

04/21/2015

Firefighters using water hoses to honor outgoing police chief, April 17th, 2015 (Photo by Berkeleyside / Michael Roberts)

Berkeley Firefighters Spray 100-Foot Geysers Of Water Over Street Despite Drought Water Restrictions

As Berkeley residents are asked to keep buckets in their showers to reclaim grey water, Berkeley firefighters seem to be sending another message with 100-foot high geysers of water in a farewell salute to outgoing police chief Capt. Erik Upson.

04/21/2015

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CA Appeals Court Rules Tiered Water Rates Unconstitutional

A state appeals court has ruled a tiered water rate structure is unconstitutional. The impact of the ruling is far-reaching impact as state water districts try to come up with ways to charge customers during California’s drought.

04/21/2015

SF Public Utilities Commission's new campaign: "Brown is the New Green". (photo credit: Mark Seelig/KCBS)

San Francisco Combats Drought With ‘Brown Is The New Green’ Water Conservation Campaign

The “Brown is the new Green” campaign was launched on Monday by the city’s Public Utilities Commission as a way to conserve water during the drought.

04/20/2015

Backyard swimming pool. (CBS)

Backyard Pools May Be More Drought-Friendly Than A Lawn

As more and more California residents are looking for ways to limit their water consumption during the drought, a group of experts say a pool could actually save water in the long run.

04/20/2015

Actor William Shatner attends the Comedy Legends of TV Land panel during Comic-Con International 2013 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel on July 18, 2013 in San Diego, California. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Star Trek’s Shatner Proposes $30 Billion Kickstarter Campaign To Save California From Drought

William Shatner has an idea for solving our drought that’s almost as far fetched as just beaming up a new batch of water. The 84-year-old Star Trek star say he thinks we need a water pipeline, and we need to pay for it with a crowd-funding campaign.

04/20/2015

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California Almonds Roasted In Drought Debate Over Irrigation

As California enters its 4th year of drought, the state’s multi-billion almond crop is helping drive a sharp debate about water use.

04/19/2015

A small pool of water is surrounded by dried and cracked earth that was the bottom of the Almaden Reservoir. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

DROUGHT: State Regulators Reveal Mandatory Water Cutbacks, Some Bay Area Cities Must Reduce Consumption By 36 Percent

San Francisco is designated for an 8% reduction, but Hillsborough, Discovery Bay, Atherton and Woodside must reduce their water consumption by 36 percent.

04/18/2015