Water Use

Man fills drums for free recycled water fill station in Dublin. (CBS)

Recycled Water Fill Station Opens In Sonoma As County Looks To Deal With Drought

As California’s drought continues to shrink water supplies, a Sonoma County utility is looking to recycled water as a new source.

08/31/2015

A lawn sprinkler sends water runoff onto the sidewalk in violation of restrictions during an early morning patrol by the City of Sacramento Water Conservation Office in Sacramento. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

California Cities Slash Water Use Above Gov. Brown’s Mandated Cutbacks

California cities cut water use by a combined 31 percent in July, exceeding the governor’s statewide mandate to conserve, officials said Thursday.

08/27/2015

Water meter

Millions Of Apartment Renters In California Could Be Forced To Pay For Water During State’s Historic Drought

Millions of apartment dwellers in California have been given a free ride when it comes to water, but now that water supplies are running low, those renters could have an added new expense.

06/07/2015

A small pool of water is surrounded by dried and cracked earth that was the bottom of the Almaden Reservoir. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

East Bay Water Utility Votes To Impose 20-Percent Mandatory Reduction In Use As ‘Stage 4 Critical Drought’ Declared

The East Bay Municipal Utility District board of directors voted Tuesday to declare a stage four critical drought and impose a districtwide 20 percent mandatory reduction in water use.

04/14/2015

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San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Passes New Regulations For Outdoor Urban Water Use

Customers will pay a 100 percent surcharge for water use over 90 percent of last year’s usage.

08/27/2014

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Santa Clara County Supervisor Urges 25 Percent Reduction In Water Use By Local Governments

Supervisor Dave Cortese said local government departments are not doing enough to restrict water use during the drought.

08/21/2014

Water Pump

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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Innovative Tap Water Program Welcomed At SF Elementary School

San Francisco’s tap water pilot project marked another milestone at one of the city’s elementary schools Wednesday morning with the installation of new state of the art refillable water stations.

01/25/2012

Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

Report Paints Bleak Picture Of Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

More than 25 million Californians get their water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and the aging system is getting a lot of attention right now from an independent state agency.

CONNECT WITH KCBS–02/16/2011

Study: Climate Change Means Drought for CA

More than three-quarters of the counties in California face the possibility of water shortages by the middle of the century as a result of global warming.

07/21/2010