Friday, Nov. 7, 2014

Sobering challenge

L.A. identifies city's riskiest pipes in aging water system

A water main break sent torrents of muddy water down the Sunset Strip. JAY L. CLENDENIN/Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

As Los Angeles struggles to fix its decrepit water system, officials are most concerned about 400 miles of pipes that they say pose the greatest risk of breaking and causing major property damage. The city issues letter grades to thousands of pipes in the sprawling water network based on the likelihood of failure and the potential consequences of a break. About 6 percent of the system earned grades of D and F.

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$14 million to fund 19 drought-relief projects

Sacramento Bee

The California Department of Water Resources on Thursday announced it will fund $14 million worth of water infrastructure projects throughout the Sacramento region. The funds are designed to help municipalities deal with the current drought, and help them cope with the effects of future dry spells.

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New county fracking bans likely to face challenges

KQED Science

In the first major test of how California voters would react to hydraulic fracturing on the ballot, two counties in California approved fracking bans Tuesday. But a measure to bar the controversial oil production technique in Santa Barbara County fell short. And in San Benito and Mendocino Counties, where the bans passed, they are likely to face court challenges.

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