Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015

Growing pains

Population growth likely to outstrip water conservation

Growing water needs. SHARON OKADA/Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee

California water agencies are on track to satisfy a state mandate to reduce water consumption 20 percent by 2020. But according to their own projections, that savings won't be enough to keep up with population growth just a decade later. Total water deliveries will increase 16 percent by 2030; the state's population is expected to grow 14 percent.


Aging water mains: LADWP's $1 billion headache

Los Angeles Times

The water main break that flooded Nowita Place in 2013 wasn't a spectacle that brought TV cameras. Water sprayed a foot in the air through a hole in the buckled asphalt, leaving residents in the Venice neighborhood without water for hours. But the break fit a common pattern for L.A.'s aging waterworks: The pipe was more than 80 years old. It was rusted out. And it was buried in corrosive soil.


Managers start to cope with new groundwater law

Central Valley Business Times

Two months into 2015, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) causes head scratching. Water managers and policy makers are unsure how to get to first base.

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