California Drought

The 'Smartball,' a small device used to detect leaks in pipes. (Puretech)

‘Smartball’ Helps Spot Water Wasting Leaks In California Drought

A new high-tech device makes sure water doesn’t go to waste in this drought, by finding leaks in San Francisco’s aging underground pipes.

04/30/2015

Salaries of some workers at the Alameda County Water District. (CBS)

$100,000+ Salaries For Meter Readers, Customer Service Reps At Water Agency That Keeps Raising Rates

A small East Bay water district is paying more than 200 of their employees, including meter readers and customer service representatives, wages and benefits worth well over $100,000, while raising customers’ rates 16 years in a row.

04/29/2015

El Capitan and Half Dome (Credit, Randy Yagi)

Half Dome Opens Early Because Of No Snow In Yosemite

The cables to the summit of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park are opening Saturday — three weeks ahead of schedule because of the low snowpack

04/29/2015

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16 Years Of Hiking Fees While Water District Pays Meter Readers $100,000 Salaries

Bay Area residents are facing steep water rate hikes as California’s drought stretches into a fourth year. In one small East Bay water district, a resident said it’s the lavish spending habits of an old boy’s network that is making their bill go up.

04/29/2015

A storm drain. (CBS)

Palo Alto Construction Crews Pumping, Dumping Thousands Of Gallons Of Water During Drought

Thousands of gallons of water are going down the drain in Palo Alto, and the city has no way to stop it.

04/28/2015

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Woodside May Resort To Publicly Shaming Water Wasters Who Can Afford Fines

Shaming may be the trick to getting water wasters in Woodside to conserve during the state’s drought, where financial incentives might not be enough.

04/27/2015

Site of proposed subdivision in Pleasanton that could be delayed due to the California drought. (CBS)

Pleasanton Looks To Halt New Subdivision Over Drought

It was slated to be the biggest development in Pleasanton history, 1,300 new homes on the eastern stretch of town. But thanks to the drought, the city council has second thoughts.

04/27/2015

A wastewater treatment plant. (Dublin San Ramon Services District)

San Jose Mayor Pushes For Wastewater As Partial Solution To California’s Drought

San Jose’s mayor says it’s time to take a look at the water we flush down the toilet as a partial solution to California’s drought.

04/27/2015

Mud Cracks

California’s Central Valley Sinking Faster Than Ever Before As Farmers Drill For Water During Drought

California’s Central Valley is sinking at a rate never before seen during the state’s historic drought, and farmers are shouldering some of the blame for the damage that sinking is causing.

04/26/2015

California’s Drought Won’t Stop Multi-Billion Dollar Salmon Restoration Project On Dried-Up River

A multi-billion dollar project to bring salmon back to a dried-up section of California’s second-longest river is moving forward despite the state’s historic drought.

04/26/2015

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