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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

A man spray-paints a lawn in Southern California during a severe drought. (CBS)

SoCal Homeowners Spray-Painting Lawns Green To Avoid Water Fees During Drought

Homeowners in Los Angeles are facing tough choices in keeping their lawns green during a devastating drought, pushing some far enough to spray paint them.

07/20/2014

An artificial lawn installed by First Impressions of San Ramon. (CBS)

Drought Boosts Business For Bay Area Artificial Lawn Installers, Water Companies Resist

Bay Area companies that install artificial grass are seeing an uptick in business during California’s record drought. But certain water companies are discouraging their customers from installing turf.

07/18/2014

Instead of using plastic bottles, Boxed Water is Better is packaged in a paper carton. (CBS)

Move Over Bottles, Water Packaged In Boxes Is Eco-Friendly Alternative

Over growing environmental concerns, bottled water is receiving a bad rap. A company based in the Midwest is selling an alternative that claims to be more eco-friendly: water in a box.

07/18/2014

Dried and cracked earth is visible on an unplanted field at a farm on April 29, 2014 near Mendota, California.(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Feds Stepping In To Help Rural California Communities Suffering In Drought

The federal government is stepping in to help California communities, particularly in rural areas, in danger of drying out during the drought.

07/17/2014

Lady Gaga Sets Twitter Record

Lady Gaga Releases PSA Urging Californians To Save Water During Drought

Back in March, Lady Gaga took some flack from water conservationists when she filmed in Hearst Castle’s famed swimming pool, which required it to be drained after. Gaga responded by pledging to participate in a PSA for California Department of Water Resources.

07/16/2014

San Jose

State’s Imposed Fines For Water Wasters Don’t Sit Well With Some Silicon Valley Businesses

The newly approved state-imposed fines for water wasters doesn’t sit well with some Silicon Valley business owners.

07/16/2014

A sprinkler sprays water on a lawn at Golden Gate Park on January 29, 2014 in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

State Approves Fines For Wasting Water After Report Shows Californians Using More Water, Not Conserving

California has approved fines for water wasting after a new report showed water customers in the state using more water, not less, amid calls for conservation.

07/15/2014

Jose Marquez with Arthur & Orum Well Drilling checks muddy water as it is discharged from a well drilling rig on April 29, 2014 near Mendota, California. As the California drought continues, Central California farmers are hiring well drillers to seek water underground for their crops after the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation stopped providing Central Valley farmers with any water from the federally run system of reservoirs and canals fed by mountain runoff. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Drought Drying Up Farmers’ Wells; Study Predicts California Economy To Lose Billions, Thousands Of Jobs Lost

Farmers in pockets of California hardest hit by the drought could begin to see their wells run dry a year from now if rain and snow remain scarce in the agriculturally rich state, according to a study released Tuesday.

07/15/2014

(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Californians Using More Water, Not Less During Drought; Statewide Fines Approved For Water Wasters

State water managers are contemplating mandatory fines for water wasters as calls for water conservation in drought-plagued California have apparently fallen on deaf ears.

07/15/2014

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