Running Dry

Running Dry

Coverage of California's historic dry spell, one of the most severe droughts on record

Tuesday, Jun 9, 2015 at 12:47 AM PDT

Drought Will Make LA County "Fire Critical"

Drought  Will Make LA County "Fire Critical"

With a fourth year of drought further drying out foliage, fire officials believe conditions are so severe that "significant" wildfires are possible even without hot, dry Santa Ana winds. Los Angeles County will

Wednesday, Jun 3, 2015 at 09:50 PM PDT

Lake to Use Purified Recycled Water

Lake to Use Purified Recycled Water

They're calling it designer water because it's being designed just for Lake Mission Viejo.

Tuesday, Jun 2, 2015 at 08:04 PM PDT

LA County OKs Penalties for Some Heavy Water Users

LA County OKs Penalties for Some Heavy Water Users

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved water surcharges of up to two times the regular rate for customers in the Antelope Valley, Malibu and Topanga Canyon who fail to cut water use...

Tuesday, Jun 2, 2015 at 08:25 PM PDT

CA Water Use Drops 13.5 Percent in April

CA Water Use Drops 13.5 Percent in April

Californians responded to the worst snowpack measurement on record and unprecedented drought restrictions by decreasing their water use 13.5 percent in April, regulators said Tuesday.

Tuesday, Jun 2, 2015 at 07:31 AM PDT

Water Conservation Goals, Penalties Vary

Water Conservation Goals, Penalties Vary

In this new era of water rationing by allocation, how much you and your neighbors will be expected to conserve -- and the financial pain you face if you don't -- vary widely depending on where you live.

Monday, Jun 1, 2015 at 02:06 PM PDT

Sweeping Water Restrictions Take Effect

Sweeping Water Restrictions Take Effect

Some California cities will have to cut their water use by 36 percent under the statewide regulations. Patrick Healy reports from downtown Los Angeles for NBC4's News at Noon on Monday, June 1, 2015.

Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 02:27 PM PDT

Celebrities Make Splash With Drought Awareness

Celebrities Make Splash With Drought Awareness

From drought-shaming to eco-boasting, willing or not, celebrities are playing a role in raising awareness about California's debilitating drought. Stars whose homes boast lush, green lawns at a time when...

Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 11:22 AM PDT

Rebate Mistake Could Cost Customers Thousands

Rebate Mistake Could Cost Customers Thousands

A warning to LADWP consumers eager to earn a rebate for replacing their grass with drought-friendly landscaping: application mistakes could cost you thousands of dollars.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 07:46 PM PDT

City of LA Accused of Water Waste at Hansen Dam

City of LA Accused of Water Waste at Hansen Dam

The City of Los Angeles boasts more than 450 public parks. In one of them, NBC4 viewers alerted our crews to a newly seeded soccer field they thought was being water far too often.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 04:25 PM PDT

El Niño Could Bring Rain, Mudslides to Drought-Stricken California

El Niño Could Bring Rain, Mudslides to Drought-Stricken California

A strengthening El Niño season could bring much-needed rain to California this year — but it also threatens the parched state with a greater chance of mudslides if the rain falls too fast, according to a...

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Drought Impacts Map: Use this interactive map to see how the drought has affected agriculture, energy, plants and wildlife, water supply, industry and fire hazard.

 

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