Santa Cruz residents have already racked up more than $500,000 in fines for excessive water use.
The impact of California’s drought is readily apparent in Bay Area creeks, and the picture isn’t very pretty for the wildlife depending on them.
Lake Tahoe’s water level stood at 6,224 feet above sea level as of Tuesday, just above its natural rim of 6,223 feet.
The bill signed by Governor Jerry Brown this week prohibits homeowner associations from penalizing residents who fail to water their lawns during the drought.
In a unanimous vote, the Santa Clara Valley Water District approved hiring up to 10 people to respond to complaints about people wasting water in the county.
Lawns all over the Bay Area and across California are turning brown during the state’s record drought. A South Bay athletic club has found a way to keep their grass looking lush, without any water at all.
Last week California mandated fines of up to $500 for water wasters prompting Bay Area water agencies to urge usage cutbacks of up to 20 percent. In the East Bay, one water agency says they’re in much better shape.
A new recycled water plant in San Jose that is designed to help the region weather the current drought and provide a more stable water supply is now open.
Santa Cruz has set up something of a traffic school to help water wasters avoid penalties from the state during the severe drought.
Homeowners in Los Angeles are facing tough choices in keeping their lawns green during a devastating drought, pushing some far enough to spray paint them.