Running Dry

Running Dry

Drought-stricken California communities face a third-consecutive dry year with no relief in sight

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 at 07:47 AM PDT

Anaheim Approves Mandatory Water Restrictions

Anaheim Approves Mandatory Water Restrictions

In an effort to conserve water during the severe California drought, the city of Anaheim will impose mandatory water restrictions.

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 at 01:19 PM PDT

Petition Seeks to Stop Water Slide Event

Petition Seeks to Stop Water Slide Event

Online petitioners are calling on organizers to halt plans for an upcoming event that would bring a 1,000-foot-long water slide to downtown Los Angeles during one of the worst droughts in state history.

Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 11:47 AM PDT

Water Conservation Campaign Enlists Conan O'Brien

Water Conservation Campaign Enlists Conan O'Brien

TV host Conan O'Brien and his sidekick Andy Richter offer their quirky humor to combat the drought by urging Californians to conserve water. They recorded six public service announcements that include specific...

Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 11:34 PM PDT

Drought Lessons: Water Wasters Attend Water School

Drought Lessons: Water Wasters Attend Water School

Some overindulged their zucchini patch. Others didn't bother with that dripping kitchen sink. But now every Monday night in this drought-stricken beach town, dozens of residents who violated their strict rations...

Friday, Aug 8, 2014 at 11:58 AM PDT

El Niño Chances Decrease for Drought-Stricken California

El Niño Chances Decrease for Drought-Stricken California

Just a few months ago, the forecast for a wet winter looked promising. But the summer has revealed a drier future.

Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 at 01:48 PM PDT

Recent Rains Bring Little Relief to California

Recent Rains Bring Little Relief to California

Rainfall in parts of the Southland last weekend provided a brief respite from California's dry spell.

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 01:12 PM PDT
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By Jeanne Kuang

PHOTOS: SoCal Drought Shaming

NBC4 viewers sent in these photos of water going to waste in Southern California.... See Full Gallery

Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014 at 04:45 PM PDT

Arcadia Passes Strict Drought Measures

Arcadia Passes Strict Drought Measures

The Arcadia City Council unanimously backed a mandatory water conservation plan Tuesday night, calling on residents to conserve during the severe drought.

Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014 at 01:02 PM PDT

Arcadia to Vote on Water Conservation Plan

Arcadia to Vote on Water Conservation Plan

Leaders in the San Gabriel Valley community of Arcadia are scheduled to vote Tuesday night on a water conservation plan in response to California's severe drought.

Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 at 04:29 PM PDT

California's Historic Drought May Run Breweries Dry

California's Historic Drought May Run Breweries Dry

NBC Bay Area's Ian Cull examines how California's severe drought can affect the taste, production and price of beer.

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