Wastewater

A golf ball sits in a dry spot on a fairway at Gleneagles Golf Course in San Francisco. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

CA Golf Courses Forced To Rip Out Sod, Go Brown To Save Water During Historic Drought

California’s epic drought is reshaping golf courses statewide. Many of California’s more than 860 golf courses have jumped at turf reduction rebate programs run by water agencies.

05/13/2015

Beer Festivals (credit: Thinkstock)

Oregon Brewers Use Purified Recycled Wastewater To Make Beer

A brew crew in Oregon has come up with a resourceful way of making beer from recycled and purified wastewater. But does it pass the taste test? And will drought-stricken California catch on?

04/29/2015

(CBS SF)

Cupertino Cement Quarry To Pay $7.5M For Pollution Violations

Cement quarry Lehigh Hanson will pay millions of dollars to settle a lawsuit alleging it dumped millions of gallons of toxic wastewater into a nearby creek.

04/29/2015

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

Fracking (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Gov. Brown Sees No Harm In Fracking; California Report Suggest Otherwise

A new report suggests that fracking operations in California produce highly contaminate wastewater. Despite the evidence, Gov. Brown still supports the process.

03/10/2015

(Kevork Djansezian/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Reclaimed Water Keeping Lawns, Medians, Parks Watered During Drought In Dublin-San Ramon Area

Even in the vehemently eco-friendly Bay Area, we still flush our toilets with drinking water. But, two cities in the East Bay are making sure the water getting flushed down the drain doesn’t go to waste.

08/14/2014

The East Bay Municipal Utility District water treatment facility stands in Oakland, California. (Photo by Chip Chipman/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

East Bay Wastewater Districts, Cities Agree To Pay $1.5 Million Fine & Keep Sewage Out Of SF Bay

The East Bay Municipal Utility District, Stege Sanitary District and six cities have agreed to pay $1.5 million in fines to settle allegations they allowed raw or partially treated sewage to flow into the San Francisco Bay.

07/29/2014

A Halliburton hydrualic fracturing (fracking) operation in the Bakken Formation, North Dakota. (Joshua Doubek/Wikimedia Commons)

Report Links Fracking To Surge Of Earthquake Activity

States where hydraulic fracturing is taking place have seen a surge in earthquake activity, raising suspicions that the unconventional drilling method could be to blame, especially the wells where the industry disposes of its wastewater.

07/14/2014

Street sweeper. (CBS)

San Francisco Wants To Use Recycled Water To Clean Streets

San Francisco is looking into ways to cut down on its supply of drinking water including using recycled water for street cleaning purposes.

03/17/2014

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

Stanford Researcher Turns Wastewater Into Energy That Can Power Treatment Plants

A Stanford engineer has developed a way for sewage treatment plants to power themselves by taking the waste out of wastewater and turning it into energy.

03/10/2014

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