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Punished For Conserving, Californians See Water Rates Rise As Cities Lose Money In Drought

In parched California, water departments are increasing rates and adding fees because they’re losing money as their customers conserve.

07/05/2015

Napa Valley Vineyard

California’s Historic Drought Sprouts Success For Napa Vineyards

In Napa Valley, home to some of California’s prized vineyards, the vines are looking healthy, despite the state’s historic drought, reports CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy.

07/04/2015

Water main break near San Francisco General Hospital on July 3, 2015 (CBS SF)

Crews Working To Repair Water Main Break Near SF General Hospital

Utility crews are working to repair a water main break near San Francisco General Hospital in the city’s Mission neighborhood Friday morning, a spokeswoman from the city’s public utilities commission said.

07/03/2015

A rat in a trap. (CBS)

Drought, Hot Weather Causing Rodent Infestations In East Bay Homes

Business is booming for pest eradication companies as the drought and the hot weather hitting the Bay Area has forced rats to come out of the woodwork in search of water.

07/02/2015

Alameda Creek dam destroyed by vandals, releasing 50 million gallons of water that had been stored for the drought. (KPIX)

Surveillance Video Shows Dam Vandalized, 50 Million Gallons Of Water Lost

Fremont police hope surveillance video will help them find three men suspected of vandalizing a dam, wasted millions of gallons of water in the process.

07/02/2015

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Contra Costa County looking To Expand Water Reservoir With Supply Stretched Thin By Drought

With the region’s water supply already stretched thin by drought conditions, the Contra Costa Water District, along with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, is looking at further expanding the Los Vaqueros Reservoir in Contra Costa County.

07/01/2015

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Drought Surcharge, Rate Increase Takes Effect For EBMUD Customers

East Bay customers will pay more for their water now that a drought surcharge and rate increase has taken effect.

07/01/2015

California State Parks

4th Of July Safety At California State Parks During The Drought

The holiday weekend is expected to be a busy one for many California state parks, and officials are reminding people to be safe outdoors.

06/30/2015

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Activist Begins Signature Campaign For Tax On California Bottled Water

A political activist says companies that take water from California’s ground should pay a fair amount for it – and he’s collecting signatures for an initiative to go on the 2016 ballot that would tax bottled water.

06/30/2015

sewer cover, sewage, manhole

California Drought Taking Serious Toll On Aging Sewer System In San Francisco

California’s severe drought is taking a serious toll on San Francisco’s aging sewer system.

06/29/2015

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