Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Price isn't right

Cities fret over tiered water rates after court decision

Court ruling affects private and public water entities differently. BOB MOFFITT/Capital Public Radio

Capital Public Radio

Sacramento Bee

Roseville has been among the statewide leaders in saving water. But city officials are taking stock after Monday's court ruling that San Juan Capistrano’s four-tiered system is unconstitutional. Roseville officials are confident that they are complying with Proposition 218, but other water providers are far less certain. Gov. Brown, though, is sticking with his mandatory water conservation targets.

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Drought leads to a flood of bills on water issues

California Farm Bureau Federation

With dozens of water-related bills moving through the Legislature, policy experts say they're working hard to keep ahead of the tide. The bills range from efforts to make the groundwater basin-adjudication process more efficient, to changing definitions of what constitutes beneficial use, to making well logs public.

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'Water tech' finally ready to rise amid the drought

San Francisco Chronicle

In a tech-obsessed state that's part desert, creating new technologies to save or clean water should be a no-brainer. But startups in the field have struggled for years. California's four-year drought may change that. As water agencies scramble to make deep cuts after another dry winter, water tech may finally get its moment.

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