Friday, July 31, 2015

On target

State reduces water use by 27% in June, meets goal

Alek Crnogorac, a City of Sacramento water conservation specialist, adjusting the spray of a resident's backyard sprinkler. MAX WHITTAKER for The New York Times

New York Times

Sacramento Bee & New York Times

California residents reduced their water use 27 percent in June, beating a state-mandated target during the crucial first month of summer, according to figures released Thursday by the State Water Resources Control Board. State officials pointed out that the report tracked a four-week period of record-high temperatures, which typically produce spikes in water use.

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Who's saving water in California — and who isn't

KQED San Francisco

The majority of California's water districts have stepped up to meet strict new water conservation rules, according to data released Thursday by the state, but about one-third of water districts, 140 in all, fell short, mostly in Southern California.

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State allows oil wastewater disposal to continue

Los Angeles Times

Despite a finding that unlined wastewater pits near Kern County's Edison oil field have contaminated groundwater, officials Thursday delayed shutting down some operations. The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board ignored its own staff recommendation and voted to let a company continue disposing of excess wastewater by spraying it on hillsides for another 2½ years.

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