Running Dry

Running Dry

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

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...

Monday, May 25, 2015 at 06:03 PM PDT

Water Agencies Debate Continuing Rebate Plans

Water Agencies Debate Continuing Rebate Plans

Water agencies struggle with rebate plans as funds dry up and drought continues.

Monday, May 25, 2015 at 08:14 AM PDT

Drought Monitor: Rain Does Little for Long-Term Drought

Drought Monitor: Rain Does Little for Long-Term Drought

A storm dumped an inch of rain on drought-parched Southern California last week -- an unusual amount for May -- but it did little to end the state's extreme drought.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 05:21 AM PDT

How to Recycle Water at Home

How to Recycle Water at Home

Excess water that might be too dirty to drink or water your food crops could be good enough to water your trees and shrubs. Lolita Lopez reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Monday, May 11, 2015.

Monday, May 11, 2015 at 08:51 AM PDT

"We Just Don't Have Any Water": California Homeowners Ditch Pools

 "We Just Don't Have Any Water": California Homeowners Ditch Pools

The California drought is pushing some homeowners to get rid of their backyard pools, filling them in to save yard space, money and water.

Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 12:09 PM PDT

California Water Cuts Ignore Past Changes by Some Cities

California Water Cuts Ignore Past Changes by Some Cities

Cities like San Diego are making cuts in their water usage once again.

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Coverage of California's water crisis and updates on what might be the state's worst drought on record. Visit this page for video, galleries and reports on what's being done to address the problem.
 

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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.

 

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