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'Droughtshaming' hopes to out California water cheats

Thursday, May 21, 2015
#Droughtshaming - a practice that began online last year - is back again as California enters its fourth summer of extreme drought. Residents who catch their neighbours wasting water are posting pictures and videos, often with addresses, on Facebook and Twitter as well as via apps. (It is the home of Silicon Valley, after all.)

Despite calls for massive reduction in water use and the threat of fines for those who waste water, there are still Californians washing their cars and watering their lawns. 

Read the full story here: http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-32789579

 


Millions in federal dollars aim to improve long-term water conservation

Thursday, May 21, 2015

California is getting about $33 million in federal money for water recycling, irrigation improvements and other conservation projects in a new round of funding for water and energy efficiency projects in Western states.

Few of the California projects, which are spread across the state, would provide immediate relief from the lingering drought. They are instead designed to boost local water supplies in the long-term and reduce farm irrigation losses.

Read the full story here: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-federal-dollars-water-20150520-story.html


California water cuts move to those with century-old rights

Thursday, May 21, 2015

California farmers who hold rights to water that date back as far as the Gold Rush are bracing for their first state-ordered conservation in decades, as a record drought prompts some of the deepest cuts yet in the country's most productive agricultural state.

After telling cities and towns to slash water use by 25 percent and cutting deliveries to some farmers and others, state officials said Wednesday that they would start mandatory cuts this week to the state's oldest rights holders, who are historically spared from water restrictions.

Read the full story here: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CALIFORNIA_DROUGHT_WATER_CUTS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT


Stanford Professor Developing Water Usage Model That Could Help California Meet Conservation Goals

A Stanford economist is creating a customer-level water demand model that can be used to design tiered water rate schedules in California.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

As California heads into a fourth year of drought, water agencies are scrambling for new ways to conserve.

Gov. Jerry Brown has mandated 25 percent water reductions and has called on resource managers to create new incentives for conservation. Tiered pricing – charging more per gallon to customers who use more – could be an effective mechanism. In fact, many water utilities in California and elsewhere already use tiered pricing structures. However, a recent court decision in a case brought by ratepayers in San Juan Capistrano may stymie such efforts.

Stanford economics Professor Frank Wolak has been working to develop a model of customer-level water demand that can be used to design tiered water rate schedules to meet conservation and utility revenue objectives. Water in the West, a joint program of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and theBill Lane Center for the American West, spoke with Wolak.

Read the full story here: http://patch.com/california/lamorinda/stanford-professor-developing-water-usage-model-could-help-california-meet-conservation-goals


Golf courses slice water use to cope with ongoing drought

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Golf courses across the central San Joaquin Valley — like courses and country clubs throughout the state — are throttling back on irrigation and reducing the acreage of grass that they must water as they cope with California’s drought.

Since Gov. Jerry Brown announced mandatory targets for water-use reductions earlier this year, course operators are facing many of the same restrictions as residents and businesses in the parched Valley: find ways to make do with less water. And many course managers say they’re going to be able to do it without affecting the quality of play for golfers.

Read the full story here: http://www.fresnobee.com/news/state/california/water-and-drought/article21352158.html

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