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Santa Clara Water District Approves Hiring ‘Water Cops’ To Issue Warnings

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.

07/22/2014

California Drought Dries Up Bay Area Reservoirs

California Asked To Cut Back Water Use, But East Bay MUD Claims To Be In Better Shape

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.

07/21/2014

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Santa Cruz Sets Up Water Conservation Classes To Let Residents Avoid Penalties

Santa Cruz has set up something of a traffic school to help water wasters avoid penalties from the state during the severe drought.

07/20/2014

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California Gears Up To Vote On Water Wasting Law Tuesday

The State Water Resources Control Board is set to vote Tuesday on tough new rules that would allow any public employee empowered to enforce laws to write tickets for wasting water.

07/14/2014

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San Francisco Hopes Sexy Voice Will Help Save Water, New Ads Say Conservation Feels ‘Oh, So Right’

After a slow start, customers of San Francisco’s Hetch Hetchy water system are starting to conserve more, but if they don’t keep it up, The SF Public Utilities Commission says they’ll have to impose mandatory rationing.

06/23/2014

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Pleasanton Imposes Mandatory Water Restrictions, Excess Use To Trigger Large Fines

Businesses and residents in Pleasanton will have to cut back on water usage by 25 percent or face fines after a unanimous city council vote Tuesday night.

05/07/2014

A sprinkler waters a lawn in the Bay Area. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

East Bay Water District Officials Recommend Voluntary Conservation, Despite Drought

Officials with the East Bay Municipal Utility District have recommended to continue asking residents to reduce their water use by 10 percent, without mandatory water rationing.

04/21/2014

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Seafood Fraud Crackdown Promised In New Labelling Bill

In DNA testing by a conservation group, over 40 percent of seafood samples from California restaurants were not the fish that was on the menu, and that’s prompting the legislature to consider making labeling rules clearer.

04/11/2014

A crew with the California Department of Water Resources measures the snowpack in the Sierra. (CBS)

Sierra Snowpack Low, Bleak Outlook for Bay Area Water Agencies

A lower than average Sierra Snowpack was announced by state water officials on Tuesday, KCBS’ Doug Sovern reports how it affects California’s drought.

04/01/2014

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Contra Costa Asks 500,000 Water Users For Cuts Of 15 Percent

The Contra Costa Water District is asking its roughly half-million users to cut their water use by 15 percent in an effort to help weather the ongoing drought.

03/21/2014

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