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Register Today for the 2014 AMI Symposium

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Register today for the Council's 2014 AMI Symposium being held on September 16, 2014 at the West Sacramento Galleria. This AMI Symposium will provide an excellent opportunity to learn about the technology itself, how it can be used for water conservation purposes, pertinent economic considerations, and practical advice from utility and industry representatives.  For more information and to register, please visit the AMI Symposium Page.

CII Workshop RFP

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
The Council is requesting proposals to aid in the development and subsequent presentation of a two-day Commercial, Institutional, and Industrial (CII) Workshop.  The target period for this workshop is October 13- November 6, 2014.  This workshop will be conducted as a two-day workshop with about half of the time dedicated to class room training and half dedicated to teaching water audits in the field.  The workshop location will be located near a university campus or similar facility in Northern California with opportunities for conducting multiple types of CII water audits.  For more information, please see the CII Workshop RFP.

California Asked To Cut Back Water Use, But East Bay MUD Claims To Be In Better Shape

By Jeffrey Schaub, CBS San Francisco

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Last week California mandated fines of up to $500 for water wasters prompting Bay Area water agencies to urge usage cutbacks of up to 20 percent. In the East Bay, one water agency says they’re in much better shape. East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD), spokesperson Abby Figueroa said some planning ahead has paid off during California’s historic drought. “We went into this drought already with a really impressive amount of conservation left over from the previous drought. In February when we asked our customers to cut back 10 percent, they did exactly that,” Figueroa said… Read the full story: http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/07/21/california-asked-to-cut-back-water-use-but-east-bay-mud-claims-to-be-in-better-shape/


In Silicon Valley, Symbols of California’s Drought Abound

By Circle of Blue

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

 The rutted patch of dirt outside the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s headquarters is not supposed to look like a playground for all-terrain vehicles. The 11-acre site is usually filled five-feet deep with water flowing out from distant mountains. Built in 1932, the Alamitos Groundwater Recharge project filters the supplies drip by drip into an aquifer beneath the Santa Clara Valley where the water is stored for future use. The Alamitos site is one of nearly 100 groundwater recharge ponds that the district operates. Today, in the midst of a record drought in California, nearly all are dry. There will be no deposits this year in the water bank… Read the full story: http://www.circleofblue.org/waternews/2014/california-drought/silicon-valley-symbols-californias-drought-abound/


Drought leaves San Bernardino Basin groundwater levels at historic low

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Groundwater levels for the water-rich San Bernardino Basin are at the lowest levels in recorded history, officials charged with monitoring the basin say.  The basin provides much of the water needs for such cities as San Bernardino, Riverside, Redlands, Loma Linda, Rialto and Highland.  The groundwater drawdown easily surpasses the previous low point reached in 1964, which occurred at the end of a 20-year drought, water agency officials say…. Read the full story: http://www.sbsun.com/general-news/20140721/drought-leaves-san-bernardino-basin-groundwater-levels-at-historic-low

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