Monday, June 1, 2015

Use less, or else

New state-mandated water conservation rules in effect

It's June 1, which means Gov. Jerry Brown's mandatory water cutbacks take effect today. JAY CALDERON / Palm Springs Desert Sun

Desert Sun

KGO San Francisco & Palm Springs Desert Sun

Get ready to use 20 percent less water — or else. Tough new restrictions on water usage take effect today across the state because of California's continuing drought. With the state mired in the fourth year of a historic drought, Gov. Jerry Brown has ordered cities and towns to use 25 percent less water than they did in 2013, starting this month.

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Coalition opposes bill language on water systems

Association of California Water Agencies

A coalition of statewide local government organizations lobbied and sent a letter Friday opposing proposed budget trailer bill language that would authorize the State Water Resources Control Board to mandate consolidation of public water systems.

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Drought throws cold water on swimming pools

San Francisco Chronicle

Once a pillar of suburban comfort, the backyard swimming pool is now the prey of many California communities trying to save water. As a fourth dry year looms, some pool owners are finding it easier to throw in the towel rather than play by the rules, and they’re simply doing away with the fixture.

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