Water

A dry canal near Bakersfield, CA on February 6, 2014. (David McNew.Getty Images)

California Orders Irrigation District To Stop Pumping Water Or Pay $10K A Day

California has issued its first cease and desist order telling an irrigation district to stop pumping water under this year’s tightened drought regulations.

07/16/2015

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)

End To Grassy Lawns Ordered By California Officials Due To Drought

California officials are ordering an end to traditional grassy lawns for new homes and businesses as they continue targeting ornamental landscapes as a waste of water.

07/15/2015

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California Beaches, Parks Turning Off Showers, Foot-Faucets To Save Water During Drought

California state beaches and parks are turning off the taps starting Wednesday.

07/15/2015

An East Bay construction crew uses water from a fire hydrant. Crews use a portable meter provided by the water department. (CBS)

Bay Area Construction Crews Using Fire Hydrants Not Stealing Water, Officials Say

Construction sites use water to control dust, but then Terry Devore of Newark saw where the water was coming from.

07/14/2015

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Court Blocks Water Cutbacks For Some California Farmers

A judge ruled Friday that California regulators violated some farmers’ rights by telling them to stop diverting from rivers and streams, but the state says it can still punish those who illegally take water during the drought.

07/10/2015

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Drought Prompts Shutdown Of Showers At California State Beaches

The outdoor showers at beaches across drought-stricken California will be shut off to save water, so surfers and sunbathers will have to get creative this summer when it comes time to shake off the sand.

07/10/2015

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El Nino Picks Up Steam, Increases Chance For Wettest California Winter In Years

Federal climate experts say there is a greater than 90 percent chance that El Nino will continue through the Northern Hemisphere this winter with a strong chance it will last into early spring.

07/09/2015

Tom Selleck arrives at a screening and panel discussion of CBS's "Blue Bloods" at Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre on June 5, 2012 in North Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Actor Tom Selleck Accused Of Stealing Water For California Ranch

A lawsuit accuses actor Tom Selleck of stealing truckloads of water from a public hydrant and bringing it to his ranch in drought-stricken Southern California.

07/08/2015

Stevens Creek, Mountain View. (CBS)

Treated Water From Mountain View Toxic Site Eyed For Irrigation, Potential Drinking Water

Groundwater from a toxic site in Mountain View, treated and basically thrown away, is now being viewed as a source for irrigation and could also be considered for drinking water.

07/07/2015

Water main break near San Francisco General Hospital on July 3, 2015 (CBS SF)

Crews Working To Repair Water Main Break Near SF General Hospital

Utility crews are working to repair a water main break near San Francisco General Hospital in the city’s Mission neighborhood Friday morning, a spokeswoman from the city’s public utilities commission said.

07/03/2015

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