Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017

Get the lead out

State offers free testing of drinking water at schools

California schools can order tests to determine lead levels in drinking water for free under new program. SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE

Union-Tribune

San Diego Union-Tribune

Public schools can order free testing to determine lead levels in drinking water under a new state program announced Monday. The testing program is in response to new requirements that all community water systems test public school drinking water upon request by school officials. Similar water testing efforts have been launched throughout the nation since dangerous levels of lead were found in Flint, Mich., in 2014.

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Even after epic storms, groundwater still depleted

San Francisco Chronicle

The blizzards that ravaged the Sierra Nevada in the past month wiped out more than a third of the California snowpack deficit that built up over five years of drought, a team of scientists said Monday, while encouraging state residents to continue conserving water. The problem is that California pumped huge amounts of groundwater to keep people and crops hydrated during the drought.

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5 breakthroughs in analyzing West Coast storms

Water Deeply

Atmospheric rivers are California's drought-busters. But until recently, predicting them has been difficult. Meteorologists had no way to tell where an atmospheric river would strike, how wet it would be, or for how long. Now they have a variety of tools that help provide those answers.

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