Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015

Drought dilemma

Small cities discover water mandates difficult to meet

Foster Farms in Livingston is using about two-thirds of the city of Livingston's water. DEBBIE NODA / Fresno Bee

Fresno Bee

Fresno Bee

Small cities that are home to large food processors are facing a drought-based dilemma – trying to balance state water mandates to cut use while keeping jobs that make their cities financially healthy. State officials are starting to realize that some water mandates have the potential to cause serious economic problems. All are missing the state's reduction mandate by 10 percent or more.

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Lack of support in D.C. hampers recycling efforts

San Francisco Chronicle

Water recycling may be one of the most promising sources of new water for California, but you'd never know it in Washington. Amid one of the worst droughts in California's modern history, the Obama administration this year asked Congress for just $20 million for water recycling — to be spread across the 17-state West.

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Purified wastewater may be too clean for storage

Los Angeles Times

When it comes to the science of transforming sewage into tap water — or potable reuse — engineers say there's no question the product is clean enough to drink. The trouble is, researchers are now learning that this drinking water may be too clean to store underground without special treatment, according to a new study.

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