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Unintended consequences of conserving water: leaky pipes, less revenue, bad odors

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Under orders to slash water use amid a historic drought, cities and towns across the state saved about 75 billion gallons in July, eclipsing Gov. Jerry Brown's once-daunting order for a 25% reduction.

But, in a paradox of conservation, water agencies say the unprecedented savings — 31% in July over July 2013 — are causing or compounding a slew of problems.

Sanitation districts are yanking tree roots out of manholes and stepping up maintenance on their pipes to prevent corrosion and the spread of odors. And when people use less potable water, officials say, there's less wastewater available to recycle.

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Wolk’s water bills advance to Assembly floor

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

The Assembly’s Appropriations Committee voted Thursday to approve two bills by state Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, focused on saving water during the state’s ongoing drought.

Senate Bill 7 requires the installation of sub-meters in new multi-family residential buildings, encouraging responsible water consumption and conservation by providing residents accurate information about the volume and cost of their water usage.

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Built to Last: Imagining a New Landscape for California

Monday, August 31, 2015

The Council recently participated in MediaplanetUSA’s “Water Conservationcampaign that showcases how precious the world’s water supply is. Industry leaders and associations came together to educate and inspire readers on how to reuse, recycle, and conserve water. The campaign was distributed in the centerfold of LA Times on August 29, 2015 and is published on a Mediaplanet original site. Check out the article excerpt and link below:

"California is undergoing a landscape revolution.

Imagine that you travel back in time, before human settlement of California. You are there to investigate California’s native landscapes. What do you find? Lush green lawns? No. Tropical oases? No. A rich variety of plants surviving under the wide range of climate conditions without supplemental irrigation or chemical inputs from humans? Yes."

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What to do when you realize you’re not perfect …

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Last week I encouraged you to get started on your BMP reporting by scrolling through the database to see what information you will need, and from whom. If you’ve already gotten started, you may have realized that you forgot to track some data needed to complete a report or perhaps there are gaps in your water efficiency programs. Well, I’m here this week to tell you: it’s okay, there’s a way forward, and it’s not too late to get started. To learn more, please read on … 

Drought-Stricken SoCal Battles Wasteful Habits With a Water-Themed Pandora Station

Time your showers to tunes

Thursday, August 27, 2015

This is the soundtrack of our dry-weather lives in Southern California: TLC's "Waterfalls," Blind Melon's "No Rain," Bruce Springsteen's "The River" and about 100 more H2O-themed ditties playing on an endless loop. That should remind us to take shorter showers and stop washing the cars at home. Or just make us very, very thirsty. 

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has launched a Pandora channel of carefully selected songs as part of an ongoing $5.5 million ad campaign to boost water conservation and recycling. The music is supposed to help keep conservation top of mind in the wake of mandated statewide water reductions. It can also be used as a 5-minute shower timer.

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