California Drought

Water flooding onto San Bruno street from broken pipeline on July 28, 2015 (CBS SF)

Major Peninsula Water Line Broken, Millions Of Gallons Reported Lost

Millions of gallons of water have been lost from a 54-inch regional transmission line that broke at Junipero Serra County Park in San Bruno on Monday night, a San Francisco Public Utilities Commission spokesman said Tuesday.

07/28/2015

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E. Coli Found In Portion Of Los Altos’ Water Supply; Boil Alert Issued

LOS ALTOS (CBS SF) — Cal Water issued a boil water alert Sunday for customers in a portion of Los Altos, a Cal Water spokeswoman said. Cal Water officials sent out a notification by phone […]

07/26/2015

Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

Environmentalists Concerned Drought Causing Salty Bay Water To Invade Delta, Threaten Ecosystem

State officials are struggling to keep portions of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta fresh as saltier water from the San Francisco Bay pushes inland during another summer of drought.

07/25/2015

A lone houseboat seen on the Shasta Lake reservoir on May 25, 2015.  (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Drone Video Offers New Look At Drought Conditions At NorCal Reservoirs

California’s drought conditions, which have been well-documented in photos, are getting another look with the release of drone video.

07/24/2015

A woman walks amid a channel of running water flowing down Rainbow Drive in Glendora, California, on December 2, 2014, amid a steady and sometimes heavy rainfall soaking southern California, where despite some minor flooding and slick roads, major mudslides or debris flows that had officials and residents on high alert in recent burn areas like Glendora have been avoided.  AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN        (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

July Rainfall Breaks Records From SoCal To Monterey County, But Won’t Bust California’s Drought

Despite California’s lingering drought, parts of Southern California all the way north to Monterey county received more than an inch of rain this past weekend, which is more than ten times what is normal for the entire month.

07/20/2015

A skunk is trapped by a snap trap. (Wildlife Emergency Services)

Wildlife Services Rescue Skunks Caught In Rat Traps In Monterey, Santa Cruz Counties

Wildlife Emergency Services crews responded to three rescues of skunks caught in rat traps in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties in four days, which the group said Monday is an unusually high number.

07/20/2015

Pipes pass through the chiller plant at the Google Inc. data center in Changhua, Taiwan, on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. Google, owner of the worlds most-popular search engine, doubled its spending plan for a new data center in Taiwan to $600 million amid surging demand from Asia for its Gmail and YouTube services. Photographer: Ashley Pon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Just How Much Water Are Silicon Valley Data Centers Guzzling?

As the California drought lingers on and the threat of rising water rates becomes reality, Silicon Valley companies are looking for alternative methods to keep its computer farms cool.

07/20/2015

Drip irrigation waters a field of grape vines on February 25, 2014 in Firebaugh, California.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

California Proposes Historic $1.5M Fine Aimed At Farms For Taking Water

The California water board has proposed the first-of-its-kind, $1.5 million fine for water-taking during the drought.

07/20/2015

Winner of San Francisco's Ugliest Yard gets a makeover. (CBS)

Weed-Infested Winner Of SF’s ‘Ugliest Yard Contest’ Wins Drought-Friendly Makeover

Pageants and prizes aren’t always for the ‘loveliest of them all.’ San Francisco has awarded a prize to a home in the city’s Sunset neighborhood for having the ‘Ugliest Yard,’ and threw a block party on Saturday to celebrate.

07/18/2015

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California Drought Leads To Neighborhood Turf Battles

Strict neighborhood rules requiring green lawns are being challenged as California’s drought prompts homeowners to embrace alternate landscaping.

07/18/2015