Monday, May 4, 2015

Last-minute scramble

Agencies seek to alter reports on how much water used

50 water agencies representing about 3 million residents submitted corrections to the state water board that would lower the amount of water their customers would need to save this year, often by a large amount. SACRAMENTO BEE

Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee

As the state prepares to finalize its water conservation targets, staff is busy sifting through scores of inconsistencies in the way water agencies have reported usage figures. At stake is exactly how much water millions of Californians will be allowed to use this year. Water districts say they made mistakes in their usage reports. About one-third of 411 urban water districts submitted corrections.

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Growing concern: Crops raised with oil field water

Los Angeles Times

In California's thirsty farm belt, where pumpjacks nod amid neat rows of crops, it's a proposition that seems to make sense: using treated oil field wastewater to irrigate crops. The heightened interest in recycling oil field wastewater has raised concern over the adequacy of safety measures in place to prevent contamination from toxic oil production chemicals.

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Dams & reservoirs: 'Dinosaurs' of water storage?

San Diego Union-Tribune

With dead almond trees propped on the Capitol steps and school children clutching signs that read “We need water. Build storage now!”, advocates for new dams and reservoirs in California offered a striking set of visuals in Sacramento last week.

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