Marin water officials debate imposing a ban on all new water hookups at housing construction projects as drought conditions worsen
North Bay Water Officials Warn More Storms Needed To Make Progress Against DroughtThe effects of October's massive rainfall appear to be fading, as water officials warn that much more rain is needed to make progress against the state's ongoing drought. Wilson Walker reports. (12/6/21)
Water Restrictions Tighten in North and South Bay CommunitiesTough drought restrictions are now in place in much of the South Bay and in parts of the North Bay. San Jose and Marin County water customers have a choice: cut back or pay up. Max Darrow reports. (12-2-21)
Drought Emergency: Water Districts Across Bay Area, California Warned Not To Expect Shipments From StateDespite recent rains, state water officials sent out a warning to water districts that it doesn’t have enough water to send out, including districts in the Bay Area. Andrea Nakano reports. (12/1/21)
CA Drought: Marin Co. Water Restrictions Take Effect Dec. 1At the stroke of midnight on December 1, new water restrictions go into effect in Marin County. After the recent rains, Andrea Nakano reports some residents were caught off guard.
Supporters Need A Million Signatures To Put Water Infrastructure Bill Before CA VotersSignature-gathering has begun for an initiative to create more water storage in Northern California. John Ramos tells us the success of that measure may depend on the weather.
San Jose Prepares to Impose Water-Waster FinesSan Jose water officials got the green light from the California Public Utilities Commission to impose drought surcharges to customers who use more water than they're supposed to. Max Darrow reports. 11-18-21)
South Bay Residents to Soon Face Increased Drought Restrictions and FinesJocelyn Moran reports on Santa Clara County residents soon being required to cut water use or face increased fines (11-18-2021)
South Bay Water District Giving Homeowners Incentives to Replace LawnsDevin Fehely reports on the Santa Clara Valley Water District paying homeowners to replace their lawns with drought-resistant landscaping (11-16-2021)
East Bay Drought Check Shows Improvement But No End to DroughtWilson Walker went to Contra Costa County to find out how East Bay MUD is faring in the wake of some significant early-season rainstorms. (11-12-21)
Recent Rains, New Fish Ladder To Help Salmon Populations On Alameda Creek – 'It's Really A Miracle'The recent rain is certainly being welcomed by communities all across the Bay Area. On Alameda Creek in Fremont, salmon populations are also being helped by the deluge and a new fish ladder. Wilson Walker reports. (11/10/21)
Early Storms Send Marin County Reservoirs To Near CapacityFollowing severe water shortages, North Bay communities face a dramatic change in fortunes after early storms send reservoirs in Marin County to near capacity. Wilson Walker reports. (11/9/21)
Despite Recent Rain South Bay Water District Warns Customers To Conserve WaterEven with the recent heavy rainfall, water district officials in the South Bay are warning customers not to stop conserving. Devin Fehely tells us those who don't conserve will be fined.
Water Flowing In Drought-Stricken North Bay Thanks To Recent StormsThe grass is greener and the water is flowing in the drought-stricken North Bay after a windfall of rain. Wilson Walker tells us it is only expected to get better.
Storm System Brings Hope to Parched North BayThe east fork of the Russian River has sprung back to life and is now crawling toward the lake bed that became a postcard for California's drought. Wilson Walker reports. (10-21-21)
Storm Watch: La Honda Residents Ready For Rain, Hope For Relief From Fire DangerResidents in the town of La Honda are hoping several days of rain in the forecast will bring relief after months of dry conditions and extreme fire danger. Max Darrow reports. (10/19/21)
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)
State-of-the-Art Water Purification Plant Helps Silicon Valley Battle DroughtThe Santa Clara Valley facility uses advanced technologies to purify treated waste water using microfiltration, reverse osmosis and ultraviolet light to treat 8 million gallons a day. Kiet Do reports. (9-23-21)
Healdsburg Cuts Water Use in HalfEveryone in California has been asked to conserve water but no city is doing a better job of it than Healdsburg. Wilson Walker reports. (9-23-21)
State Water Conservation Falls Short Of Gov. Newsom's GoalThe first report card showing how much water California is conserving is not good. Betty Yu reports that the state fell short of its goals, but the Bay Area did better, conserving nearly 8.5 percent on average.