Running Dry

Running Dry

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

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 at 07:13 AM PDT

South Bay Water District to Consider Tiered Rates

South Bay Water District to Consider Tiered Rates

The Santa Clara Valley Water District may soon implement more water restrictions after calls to conserve have failed to reach a 20 percent reduction goal.

Friday, Oct 24, 2014 at 10:39 PM PDT

Claremont Water War Will Go to Voters for Decision

Claremont Water War Will Go to Voters for Decision

High rates and unresponsiveness are among the complaints made by some Claremont residents against the privately-owned utility, Golden State Water Company, that delivers water in the city.

Friday, Oct 24, 2014 at 07:41 AM PDT

Governor Spends Big on Two Ballot Measures

Governor Spends Big on Two Ballot Measures

Gov. Jerry Brown reports spending $13.5 million this month to support two measures on the November ballot.

Friday, Oct 24, 2014 at 05:20 AM PDT

Drought's New Ally: Quagga Mussel

Drought's New Ally: Quagga Mussel

In the seven years since an invasive pest known as the quagga mussel infested the Colorado river system, water managers have been largely able to keep it from affecting water deliveries.

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014 at 08:38 PM PDT

Drought Spurs Pasadena to Tighten Water Restrictions

Drought Spurs Pasadena to Tighten Water Restrictions

Pasadena city officials are upping their efforts to stifle California's record drought by restricting property owners to water outdoors only one day a week starting next month.

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 at 11:51 AM PDT

Gov. Brown: CA Needs Long-Term Vision on Water

Gov. Brown: CA Needs Long-Term Vision on Water

Gov. Jerry Brown laid out his long-term strategy for shoring up California's water system Monday, telling a water conference at Stanford University that the state's water crisis and the ongoing drought...

Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 at 03:17 PM PDT

Tahoe Level at 5-Year Low

Tahoe Level at 5-Year Low

Lingering drought has helped push Lake Tahoe's water level below its natural rim for the first time in five years, cutting off flows into the Truckee River, which has been reduced to a shallow stream as...

Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 at 02:58 PM PDT

CA Drought Might "Persist or Intensify" During Winter

CA Drought Might "Persist or Intensify" During Winter

Recovery from California's record drought seems unlikely during what is expected to be a warm winter.

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2014 at 07:53 PM PDT

Garcetti Hopes to Slash Fresh Water Use by 20%

Garcetti Hopes to Slash Fresh Water Use by 20%

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed an executive directive Tuesday calling for a 20 percent reduction in the city's fresh water use by 2017.

Monday, Oct 13, 2014 at 11:44 PM PDT

Runoff Water Could Help Drought Concerns

Runoff Water Could Help Drought Concerns

Maybe you've seen the streams of water, flowing through LA’s storm channels and flood drains - all that water headed to the ocean, despite the historic drought. Now, city and state officials are looking for ways...

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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.

 

How Much Rain Do We Need?: This tool calculates how much precipitation is required to end current drought conditions.

 

California Drought Monitor: A weekly update on drought severity in California, including a drought monitor map and short- and long-term outlooks.

 

Water Use Calculator: Use this tool to calculate how much water is saved by following some common conservation methods. 

 

Drought Effects Over Time: California has faced several dry spells throughout its history. View photos of drought effects over time.

 

 

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