San Joaquin County Considers Banning Outdoor Watering In Wealthy Enclave

Jim Stone with San Joaquin County Public Works says it comes down to the fact the cost to provide the water far exceeds how much residents are paying in. North Morada’s small water district is underwater.



Drought Turns Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Into Tug-Of-War Between Water Interests

Nothing about California’s water system is easy, but this is one of the most complicated parts where solutions are urgently needed, but answers are hard to come by.


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Is Southern California Sucking Northern Water Supply Dry During Drought?

If you think the aqueduct is sending water from Northern California to Southern California, you may be in for a surprise


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California Drought Could Wipe Cities Off Map If Their Water Runs Out

Before visiting Tulare County, a place where wells have gone dry and some people are living in third-world conditions, we went to a place deep in the Mojave Desert that offers a dire warning of what can happen when the water runs out.


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District Manager: California Drought Curtailments Meant Wasting 100 Million Gallons Of Water

McCloud Community Services District General Manager Wayne Grigsby claims 100 million gallons of water went to waste, and it’s all the State Water Resources Control Board’s fault.


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California Water Rights System Is A Century-Old Knot That Will Be Difficult To Untangle

The most ancient of California’s water rights are locked away in a dusty old safe. Some of the documents date back more than a century.



California City: How A Developer’s Failed Dream Became The State’s Biggest Water Waster

A glance on Google Earth shows it’s a 200-square mile community of just 14,000 people. By land area, it’s the third-largest city in the state. But it’s miles of empty land.



California Drought Renews Focus On Capturing, Recycling Stormwater

The first stop was the largest nursery in Southern California, Altman Plants, but it wasn’t for the plants. It was to see how one of the Los Angeles-area’s biggest water users was able to cut water use in half.


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California Drought Provides Fertile Ground For Silicon Valley Water Innovation

California’s drought is a lucrative business opportunity in Silicon Valley, as a flood of high-tech startups are finding new ways to save water.



Sacramento Cracking Down On Tall Grass As Fire Danger Increases During Drought

City officials say they warn more than 7,000 property owners a year to clear out property filled with high weeds and debris. Those who don’t can now expect to face a hefty penalty.


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Feral Cats Get Second Chance At Life Hunting Rodents In Drought

The dry lands of California has led to a pardon of sorts for the caged critters at the Sacramento County Animal Shelter. Instead of being euthanized, feral cats are being put out in the open to hunt down the bounty the drought is attracting—rodents.


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Gold Rush Days Coming Back To Old Sacramento After Drought Forced Hiatus

The event was canceled in 2014 because it would have taken 3,000 gallons of water each day to dampen dirt used to recreate the authentic atmosphere.