Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Save, or else

Sanctions, higher costs considered under drought plan

The state only cut water use 2.8% in February. BAY AREA NEWS GROUP

Bay Area News Group

Reuters

California's cities and towns would be required to cut their water usage by up to 35 percent or face steep fines under proposed new rules released Tuesday. Local water utilities could be fined up to $10,000 per day if they do not persuade residents and businesses to meet their conservation goals. The regulations also would require water suppliers to report regularly to the state on their progress.

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Santa Barbara looks to desal; other cities next?

San Jose Mercury News

A mothballed desalination plant sits like a time capsule near Santa Barbara's main tourist beach, a relic of California's last drought to end all droughts. Now, 23 years after it closed, Santa Barbara is preparing to reopen the plant, rekindling a debate that is spreading to communities up and down the coast: Is the state's water shortage now so dire that Californians should embrace desalination?

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State re-examines $25 billion Delta tunnel project

Los Angeles Times

Gov. Jerry Brown's administration is overhauling its proposal for a controversial tunnel project in the Delta in the wake of doubts about whether water exporters can meet stringent federal conditions for operating the system over a 50-year period.

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