Friday, May 8, 2015

Behind the regs

Next steps explored on new urban water conservation

State Water Resources Control Board Chair Felicia Marcus provided a high-level overview of the reasoning behind the regulation, saying it was developed quickly ahead of the summer months to achieve the greatest savings during the period of highest water use. ACWA

ACWA

Association of California Water Agencies

California's newly adopted urban water conservation regulation was explored in depth Thursday during a town hall meeting at ACWA's spring conference, where water managers joined state officials to discuss implementing the sweeping water-use mandate. The regulation assigns urban water suppliers into nine tiers of conservation mandates, ranging from 4 percent to 36 percent based on per-capita daily water use.

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Innovation or insanity? Ideas for busting drought

Los Angeles Times

After Gov. Jerry Brown ordered Californians to cut back their water use, a retired engineering professor in Carmel revived a decades-old proposal for easing the drought: icebergs. With the drought threatening every aspect of Californians' lives, it's not surprising that so many have opinions on how to handle the problem.

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Groups sue to keep oil waste out of state's aquifers

San Francisco Chronicle

Two environmental groups sued California regulators Thursday to stop oil companies from injecting wastewater into potentially usable aquifers beneath the state's drought-ravaged Central Valley. The suit claims the state agency that oversees oil fields is breaking the law by letting companies pump wastewater from their drilling operations into aquifers that the regulators were supposed to protect.

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