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Sign promoting 'Brown is the New Green' a Water District $500K campaign  encouraging residents to conserve water.

Brown Is The New Green When It Comes To Bay Area Lawns

Brown is the new green. At least, it is when it comes to lawns in Alameda. Water officials hope it’s a new trend that will catch on all over California.

17 hours ago

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

Social Media ‘Drought Shaming’ Becomes Newest Way Aid Water Conservation

People have begun using the #droughtshaming to tweet about neighbors using too much water. Private citizens, businesses and government agencies have all been targeted by the tweets.

18 hours ago

California Aqueduct

Property Tax Hikes Without Voter Approval May Fund California Delta Water Tunnel Project

Funding for Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to build two massive tunnels through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to help transport water to Southern California may come from increased property taxes assessed on homeowners without a public vote.

07/24/2014

A home with a dead lawn stands in front of hills that are browned with dried grass on July 18, 2014 in Fremont, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

California Residents Can’t Be Fined For Allowing Lawns To Turn Brown During Drought

The bill signed by Governor Jerry Brown this week prohibits homeowner associations from penalizing residents who fail to water their lawns during the drought.

07/23/2014

(Kevork Djansezian/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

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

Portable toilets placed at the Springhouse Apartments in Pleasanton. (CBS)

Running Water Restored To Pleasanton Apartment Complex After 5 Days

Residents of the Springhouse apartment complex in Pleasanton were excited Tuesday after water service restored after a five day absence.

07/22/2014

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2 Arrested Following Illegal Pot Grow Operation Bust Near Historic Santa Cruz Waterway

Two male suspects were arrested and 180 marijuana plants were removed last Tuesday from private property following the discovery of a marijuana cultivation site in a Santa Cruz county waterway.

07/22/2014

Portable toilets placed at the Springhouse Apartments in Pleasanton. (CBS)

Pleasanton Apartment Complex Living Without Running Water For 4 Days, Residents Using Porta Potties

Residents of an apartment complex in Pleasanton have been living in misery. For the past four days, they have lived without running water.
After a water main broke late last week, the faucets, toilets and showers at the Springhouse Apartments have been dry.

07/22/2014

Crews with Green Canary painting the lawn at the Almaden Valley Athletic Club. (CBS)

Bay Area Club Uses Paint To Keep Grass Green During Drought

Lawns all over the Bay Area and across California are turning brown during the state’s record drought. A South Bay athletic club has found a way to keep their grass looking lush, without any water at all.

07/21/2014

One Concord business owner was turned in after sprinklers leaked for a couple of weeks when the Contra Costa Water District got a complaint. (Source: Claycord.com)

Water Wasters Ratted Out In Concord

Water wasters in Concord are being ratted out by neighbors in the midst of California’s severe drought.

07/21/2014

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