Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Conservation targets

California board votes today on mandatory water cuts

Folsom Dam has hit dangerously low water levels during the ongoing drought. RANDY PENCH/Sacramento Bee

Capitol Alert
BREAKING NEWS:
Water regulators appear set to impose cutbacks; vote tonight

Capitol Alert / AP

Residents and businesses across the state would be forced to slash their water use under a new set of drought restrictions that regulators will take up today. Public comment closed yesterday, and the regulations are now up for consideration by the State Water Resources Control Board, which meets this morning. Watch or listen to a live stream, and check back for the latest developments.

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State's water-saving targets are all over the map

KQED San Francisco

Water agencies are racing to get programs in place to cut urban water use anywhere from 8 percent to 36 percent, depending on how much water residents have been using on a per-capita basis. But the actual savings that cities will have to achieve vary much more widely than that range of state-assigned "tiers" would suggest.

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Plans to make SWP flow backward shelved for now

San Jose Mercury News

An emergency $6.7 million plan to make the State Water Project's California Aqueduct flow backward for roughly 100 miles to bring water from the Bakersfield area to Silicon Valley has been shelved for this year. The plan would have move about 35,000 acre-feet of water from aquifers near Wasco to San Luis Reservoir.

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