Monday, Oct. 17, 2016

Water budgets

State looks at new drought rules as conservation ebbs

More than 62 percent of California remains in severe to exceptional drought. DROUGHT.gov

Drought.gov

San Diego Union-Tribune

As California faces the daunting prospect of its sixth straight year of drought, regulators are preparing to roll out the state's first-ever permanent "water budgets" aimed at slashing consumption on a district-by-district basis. The idea is to determine each water district's allowable supply by establishing customized targets for indoor use and outdoor landscaping.

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Die-hard users of sewer water refuse to give up

Santa Cruz Sentinel

Even though he knows it makes no financial sense, a Martinez man regularly drives to a local sewer plant to haul home free effluent to irrigate the trees in his yard. He saves less than 20 cents on his water bill each time he picks up 40 gallons of free effluent, instead of getting the water from his faucet at home. But he — like many other Californians — continues to do it.

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UCSD launches global climate change initiative

San Diego Union-Tribune

UC San Diego is launching the Deep Decarbonization Initiative, a campus-wide push that aims to balance practicality with innovation in the study of how to combat climate change. The campaign's tagline is "Getting to zero carbon emissions in the real world."

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