California Drought Stories

Significant Storms Coming To Drought-Parched Northern California; Fire Season May Be EndingReal, significant amounts of rainfall are finally on deck for Northern California. This is something the state is going to need to see a lot of - all throughout the fall and winter - to put a dent in the drought. But just this first sequence of rains could do a lot of work towards reducing our fire danger.
Storm Systems Building In Pacific; Potent Atmospheric River Bearing Down On Bay Area A wave of storm fronts were lined up across the Pacific early Tuesday, a procession of much needed rain showers, ushering in a potent atmospheric river late this weekend to bring relief to the drought-stricken San Francisco Bay Area.
Drought Emergency: Bay Area Outpacing Most Of State In Water ConservationAs the first major storm of the season begins its approach to the Bay Area, the region continues to outperform much of the state in terms of water conservation.
Storm Door Swings Open; Fronts Stack Up In Pacific Heading Toward The Bay AreaAfter months of drought conditions, Mother Nature has swung the storm door open, stacking up rain-laden cold fronts well out into the Pacific, bringing the promise of much needed precipitation to the parched Northern California hills.
Drought Emergency: Dublin San Ramon Services District Raises Rates Amid Stage 2 Water ShortageThe Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD) Board of Directors has approved stage 2 water shortage rates in response to worsening drought conditions in California.
Drought Emergency: San Jose Mayor Liccardo Proposes Outdoor Watering Limits To 2x/Week, Renews Calls To ConserveSan Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo renewed calls for residents to conserve water and proposed outdoor watering restrictions Wednesday as California's ongoing drought deepens.
Artificial Turf Stolen From San Jose Home As Drought Drives Rising DemandAs the ongoing drought prompts some to replace their lawns, thieves were caught on camera stealing an expensive roll of artificial turf from the front of a San Jose home.
Drought Emergency: Pleasanton Likely To Declare Stage 2 Water Shortage, Mandate 15% CutsThe Pleasanton City Council on Tuesday will likely declare a local drought emergency, declare a stage 2 water shortage, and mandate that Pleasanton water customers reduce their water use by 15 percent.
California Drought: San Francisco Bay Area Exits Dismal 2020-2021 Rain SeasonUnlike a typical calendar year, the water year for California begins on Oct. 1 and the most recent season the drought-stricken region is leaving behind was one of the driest on record.
State Water Officials Issue Dire Warning; 'Climate Changes Are Coming Fast And Furious'State water officials have issued a dire warning as vital Northern California reservoirs like Lake Mendocino and the Lexington Reservoir dip to historic low levels amid worsening drought conditions.
California Drought: Wasted Fresh Water Seen Surging Into San Jose Storm DrainDespite the current severe drought conditions across California, a storm drain near U.S. Highway 101 in San Jose seems to be filling with thousands of gallons of fresh water that are simply going to waste.

Drought 2021 Video Reports

SF PUC, EBMUD Call Proposed Penalties on Water Overusers PrematureDespite lackluster conservation compliance, neither EBMUD nor San Francisco PUC is currently considering financial penalties for customers who do not conserve. Devin Fehely reports. (10-16-21)
San Jose Set to Impose Steep Penalty for Residential Water OveruseSan Jose will soon have the toughest water conservation measures of any major city in the state. Kiet Do reports. (10-15-21)
Salty Tap Water Forcing Marin Residents To Tote Their OwnSaltwater is showing up in public wells in Marin County. John Ramos tells it has forced residents to bottle and tote their own fresh water from filling stations.
CA Drought: EBMUD Plan Uses Sacramento River To Solve Water Supply ShortageEast Bay residents may notice a difference in the taste of their tap water soon. Wilson Walker reports on EBMUD's plan to use the Sacramento River to solve the water shortage during the current drought.
Drought Emergency: Cameras Capture Artificial Turf Theft In San Jose NeighborhoodAs the ongoing drought prompts some to replace their lawns, thieves were caught on camera stealing an expensive roll of artificial turf from the front of a San Jose home. Len Ramirez reports. (10/4/21)
Wasted Fresh Water Seen Surging Into San Jose Storm DrainKPIX 5's Len Ramirez discovered a storm drain near Hwy 101 in San Jose that seems to be filling with thousands of gallons of fresh water going to waste during the severe drought. (9-30-21)