Monday, Feb. 29, 2016

A tale of 2 water systems

California able to build top-of-the-line infrastructure — something that isn't possible for most Rust Belt cities

A recycled-water plant in Orange County and a $1 billion desalination plant north of San Diego, present a sharp contrast to the resources available in the middle of the country. ANA VENEGAS / Orange County Register

OC Register

The Atlantic

Water is scarce and expensive here, and facilities like the Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Plant in San Jose use some of the most advanced technology to make sure Silicon Valley's booming population will have water when it turns on the tap. But cities such as Detroit and Flint have struggled to provide safe and affordable drinking water. That's because the infrastructure is expensive, and the cities are increasingly unable to afford it.


A 'smart' flood control system could save water

KQED San Francisco

There's a rule in California that may seem bizarre in a drought-stricken state: In the winter, reservoirs aren't allowed to fill up, due to a decades-old rule designed to protect public safety. But with advances in weather forecasting, some say this preemptive strategy is outdated. A new, "smart" flood control system could save water in years when Californians need it most.


Drive to save water is killing trees, hurting utilities

Washington Post

Eight months after California's governor ordered cities to cut water consumption by a quarter, Berkeley residents and businesses have exceeded expectations. But no good deed goes unpunished. The state's furious conservation drive is not only threatening trees, but also resulting in sluggish sewer lines and possible increases in water and tax bills.

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