Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015

Water paradox

Conservation can lead to leaky pipes and less revenue

Hugo Gonzalez, a Leucadia Wastewater District technician, prepares a camera to search for roots in a Carlsbad. DON BARTLETT / Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Under orders to slash water use amid a historic drought, cities and towns across the state saved about 75 billion gallons in July, eclipsing Gov. Jerry Brown's once-daunting order for a 25 percent reduction. But, in a paradox of conservation, water agencies say the unprecedented savings — 31 percent in July over July 2013 — are causing or compounding a slew of problems.

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Feds reduce Folsom flows to save water supply

Sacramento Bee

The U.S Bureau of Reclamation will cut flows out of Folsom Lake in half by the end of the week as water levels at the reservoir near historic lows. Folsom Lake is the primary water source for Sacramento suburbs serving hundreds of thousands of customers. As of Monday, the lake held about 20 percent of its capacity.

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Tighter oversight to stem Russian River pollution

Santa Rosa Press-Democrat

A newly developed plan to improve water quality in the Russian River and address fecal bacterial contamination in the watershed will have profound ramifications for North Coast residents, as state regulators target faulty sewage systems and other means through which human and animal waste may be entering waterways.

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