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State Regulators Say Californians Didn’t Conserve Much Water In Month Of March

State water regulators say Californians conserved little water in March and local officials were not aggressive in cracking down on waste.

7 hours ago

Fire danger warnings left for residents in Contra Costa County. (CBS)

Fire Official: Let Lawns Die But Water Trees During Drought

Warning letters have gone out to residents in Contra Costa County with a vegetation abatement deadline of May 31st as the fire season approaches, but firefighters say it’s the drought that will make their job even tougher this year.

20 hours ago

Scattered Jeffrey pine mortality (foreground) on Laguna Mountain on the Cleveland NF, with a
recent fire scar in background. Gray trees are dormant black oak or possibly dead oak. (USDA)

California Drought Leaves 12 Million Trees Dead

Extreme drought conditions have left an estimated 12 million trees dead in California’s forests over the past year.

05/04/2015

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Water Line Breaks In Walnut Creek Following Concord Earthquake

A water main ruptured in Walnut Creek Sunday afternoon, spewing water into an intersection roughly four miles from the epicenter of an earthquake in Concord.

05/03/2015

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California Democrats Push Gov. Brown To Demand Water Conservation From Farmers During Drought

California’s Democratic state senators are pushing Gov. Jerry Brown to speed up water spending in the face of a relentless drought.

04/30/2015

The 'Smartball,' a small device used to detect leaks in pipes. (Puretech)

‘Smartball’ Helps Spot Water Wasting Leaks In California Drought

A new high-tech device makes sure water doesn’t go to waste in this drought, by finding leaks in San Francisco’s aging underground pipes.

04/30/2015

Salaries of some workers at the Alameda County Water District. (CBS)

$100,000+ Salaries For Meter Readers, Customer Service Reps At Water Agency That Keeps Raising Rates

A small East Bay water district is paying more than 200 of their employees, including meter readers and customer service representatives, wages and benefits worth well over $100,000, while raising customers’ rates 16 years in a row.

04/29/2015

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16 Years Of Hiking Fees While Water District Pays Meter Readers $100,000 Salaries

Bay Area residents are facing steep water rate hikes as California’s drought stretches into a fourth year. In one small East Bay water district, a resident said it’s the lavish spending habits of an old boy’s network that is making their bill go up.

04/29/2015

A storm drain. (CBS)

Palo Alto Construction Crews Pumping, Dumping Thousands Of Gallons Of Water During Drought

Thousands of gallons of water are going down the drain in Palo Alto, and the city has no way to stop it.

04/28/2015

California Governor Jerry Brown speaks during a news conference at the Port of Oakland on July 9, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Gov. Jerry Brown Proposes $10,000 Fines For Egregious Water Wasters During Drought

Governor Jerry Brown met with most of California’s big city mayors Tuesday to discuss the drought in the State Capitol and to announce a plan to slap water wasters with much stiffer fines.

04/28/2015

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